– Recovers 457 arms/ammunition
– Arrests armed robbery suspects
Kogi State Police Command has recovered 457 arms and ammunition as the command embarks on proliferation of firearms, recovery of illegal weapons, lethal device and parade of a gun-runner.
Commissioner of Police Ali Janga on Thursday disclosed that in total compliance with the directives of the Inspector-General of Police Ibrahim Idris on the disarmament and recovery of prohibited firearms, stressed that the state command has embarked on aggressive mop up and recovery of prohibited firearms and ammunition in circulation across the state.
He said the IG’s order also included ammunition and weapons in possession of all suspected militias, bandits, vigilante groups, neighbourhood watch groups, and other groups or individuals bearing prohibited firearms and ammunition. It also covers those bearing illegal weapons and lethal devices whether locally fabricated, or modified that can cause harm or injury to persons or cause panic, fear, and security breach, breach of peace, threat to law and order anywhere in the country.
Janga also stated that he has earlier on directed all the area commanders, divisional police officers, and commanders of SARS to ensure a total mop up of arms and ammunition across Kogi State, adding that a satisfactory achievement has been made so far.
He said; “I am pleased to inform you that the ongoing exercise which has been carried out by the officers of the Command, particularly the special anti -robbery squad (SARS) led by Babagana Bukar, with vigour, dedication, utmost professionalism and passion, tremendous successes have been recorded as cache of arms and ammunition were recovered from different parts of the state.
The CP also disclosed that through actionable intelligence operatives of SARS the Command has intercepted and arrested one Ibrahim Achimugu with a firearm along Obajana axis and a gun runner named Inusa Abdullahi (25 years) of Kaur Local Council area of Kaduna State.
He also said that the gun runner has also confessed to being in the business for over 10 years in Kogi State, adding that he has equally confessed to have manufactured and repaired several firearms from members of the public.
He urged the people of Kogi not to relent to report anyone they noticed that was in possession or is in custody of any firearm whether locally fabricated or otherwise.
Meanwhile, the Command has again expressed intention to sweep off armed robbery in the state. Now, the CP has arrested two suspected armed robbers with attempted culpable homicide and unlawful possession of firearms.
Onalo Okiye and Abu Adamu were on April 6, 2018, invaded the houses of one Esther Linus and Moses at Opada Road Ajana in Igalemela/Odolu local government area, fired their victims and their children on their faces, head and back respectively and carted away their phones and the sum of N20, 000.
He further said that when their neighbours raised alarm one of the suspects Onalo was arrested and handed over to the police, adding that further investigation led to the arrest of one Abu Adamu who was the one that fired at the police woman (Esther Linus) on her head.
Ali Janga also disclosed that the suspect has confessed to the commission of the crime and mentioned some of the gang members now at large, adding that effort is on to track down the fleeing suspects as they would be arraigned in court on completion of investigation.