Sokoto State commissioner of Police, (CP) Murtala Usman Mani has said that it is not possible to have arms in the wrong hands and expect a peaceful society. The CP who added that the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris’ directive that all arms in wrong hands must be recovered was targeted at ensuring a peaceful society. Speaking while displaying cache of arms and ammunition recovered from people in Sokoto State courtesy of the IGP Arms Recovery Programme, the CP assured that effort towards having a crime free society would continue. He stated that while some voluntarily surrendered their arms, others were retrieved from criminals by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the command.
“Following the IGP’s directive that all illegally owned arms be recovered in the mop-up programme, the Sokoto State Police Command has so for recovered no fewer than 61 riffles, 906 AK 47 ammunition, 42 double and single barrels and 1200 cartridges from the public. “Some of the weapons were recovered in the course of exchange of gun fire with our SARS while others were voluntarily surrendered courtesy of the arm amnesty programme offered by the IGP. “We cannot have arms in the wrong hands and expect a peaceful society. Therefore, for us in Sokoto Police Command, the arms and ammunition recovery programme is a continuous exercise”, he said. The CP further declared that Sokoto under his watch would continue to remain a no-go-area for criminally minded people.