The Police Command in Kebbi has recovered 13 AK 47 rifles, one machine gun, 650 live ammunition and 32 live cartridges from unlicensed individuals in the state.
The Commissioner of Police, Ibrahim Kabiru, told newsmen in Birnin Kebbi on Wednesday that the recovery was in compliance with the directives of Inspector General of Police to mop up prohibited firearms in the country.
“The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, had on Feb. 22, directed Commissioners of Police of all the State Commands and the Federal Capital Territory to commence the recovery of prohibited firearms in the country.
“In compliance to that directive, the illegal arms and ammunition we have recovered from individuals in the state are as follows: 13 AK47 rifles, one scrap machine gun, six locally-made double barrel rifles and eight locally- made single barrel rifles.
“Others are: one pump action, one locally-made pistol, 650 live ammunition and 32 live cartridges,’’ he said.
Kabiru informed the general public that the command remained resolute in combating crimes and criminality in the state.
“People should go about their lawful businesses without fear, but should not hesitate to pass useful information to the police, afterall security is everybody’s business,’’ the commissioner said.