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IGP mandates mop-up of illegal weapons in crime-fighting mandate



IGP Usman Alkali Baba

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) has ordered the mop-up of illegal weaponry and ammunition as part of the organization’s mandate towards tackling crimes.

The Nigeria Police, noted that it recovered 182 illicit arms and 430 ammunitions of various calibres across the nation in its efforts.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the Force Public Affairs Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said the weapons will be given to the National Center for the Regulation of Small Arms and Light Weapons (NCCSALW).

Usman Alkali Baba, the IGP, he claimed, had directed all commands and formations to step up their efforts to stop the spread of illegal weapons and ammunition in the nation.

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According to reports, Baba also provided more personnel and supplies to Commands and Formations around the nation in order to effectively oversee election security for the next governorship and state house of assembly elections slated for Saturday, March 18, 2023.

“The additional support includes the deployment of personnel, operational vehicles, non-lethal weapons, personal protective equipment (body armour), anti-riot equipment, etc.,” he said.

The police boss also charged all Strategic Police Managers to deploy the additional distributed operational assets and manpower to ensure the emplacement of a proper security arrangement for the upcoming elections as all hands must be on deck to ensure that the elections are conducted in a peaceful and secure environment.

“The IGP confirmed that within one month from the handover of previously recovered arms and ammunition to the National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (NCCSALW) on the 16th of February, 2023, the Nigeria Police has recovered additional 182 sophisticated arms and 430 ammunitions of various calibres. He ordered all Commands and Formations to intensify efforts towards decimating the proliferation of illicit arms and ammunition in the country,” he noted.




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