The Lagos State Police Command has recovered a total 188 prohibited fire arms and 280 ammunition in a mop up operation it embarked upon recently.
The illegal and prohibited fire arms and ammunition were paraded before journalists at the state Police headquarters in Ikeja, Lagos yesterday.
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, said the achievement was as a result of efforts put in place through community policing and safety partnership in Lagos.
He said, “We have displayed here assorted types of fire arms recovered from bounty and also those voluntarily returned to the armory by their owners, who took the advantage of the 21-day grace period by the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Idris Ibrahim, who allows person in possession of arms, illegal and prohibited fire arms to hand over them to police.”
Edgal said that the fire arms and ammunition were recovered from illegal and prohibited possession of fire arms and ammunition within the state.
He added, “Items recovered included: 38 pump action rifles, 6 AK 47 rifles, 12 double barrel rifles, 11 single double barrel guns, 70 locally made cut to size short guns, 42 locally made double barrel short guns, 18 locally made revolver pistols and 3 imported Berretta pistols. All are in serviceable and working conditions.”
The Police boss, however, used the opportunity to inform Lagos State citizens to take advantage of this grace period as directed by the Inspector General of Police and return voluntarily prohibited fire arms in their possession.
He added that failure to do so, the police will move into the second face of the mop-up of the prohibited fire arms, which will includes lawful search of all building, residences, old structures, vehicles and anywhere.