The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has busted a criminal hideout in the state, recovering 33 foreign made, semi-automatic guns and 15 gun cleaning kits.
Mr. Michael Ogar, the NSCDC Commandant in Imo stated this In a press briefing while addressing newsmen in Owerri on Thursday.
The Commandant said, “acting on reliable tip-off, we laid ambush and after a few days, we were able to recover these items somewhere around Owerri that we cannot disclose now as a result of ongoing investigation.”
Ogar listed the items to include 26 double barrel guns, five pump actions, two sniper rifles and 15 sets of gun cleaning kits.
He explained that investigation was ongoing to unravel the suppliers of the weapons with a view to arresting and prosecuting them.
While assuring Imo residents and indigenes intending to return home for the yuletide of the Command’s commitment to hitch-free celebrations, he said We remain committed to ensuring a hitch-free celebrations this yuletide and we assure Imo sons and daughters who will be returning that Imo is safe
His words,” illicit possession of firearm is directly related to criminality and that is why we are investigating so as to unravel the suppliers of these items.”
The Commandant called on residents to help the Command overcome the challenge of access to information by providing it with necessary information on the movement and activities of criminals.
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