The Bauchi State Police Command has said that it has so far recovered a total number of eighty three (83) prohibited/illegal firearms and seven hundred and two (702) live ammunition from suspected criminals and persons that voluntarily surrendered them to the Command.
This declaration was made known by the Commissioner of Police, Bauchi State Command, CP Sanusi Lemu
According to him, the firearms were recovered following the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim K. Idris NPM, mni, issuance of a twenty one (21) days ultimatum (now extended to 30th April, 2018) to the general Public, individuals and groups who are in possession of prohibited/illegal firearms to surrender them
The breakdown of the items recovered include thirty (30) AK47 rifles, one (1) AK49 riffle, twenty (20) fabricated guns, five (5) Single Barrel guns, two (2) Double guns, four (4) Pumps Action guns, one (1) K2 riffle, twenty (20) Pistols, seven hundred and two (702) Live ammunition and seventy cartridges (70)
He also noted that on the 6th of Aril, 2018, a combined team of IGP Monitoring Unit in conjunction with a renowned hunter Alh. Ali Kwara acting on credible intelligence trailed three (3) suspected Armed Robbers to Maladunba forest in Misau LGA while planning to attack unsuspecting members of the public and on sighting the team, the suspects engaged them on fierce shoot out which lasted for some minutes and as a result, the three (3) suspected Armed Robbers sustained fatal injuries and were taken to General Hospital Misau and Medical Doctor certified them dead.
Exhibits recovered from the suspects include three (3) AK47 Riffles, one (1) locally made fabricated Double Barrel gun, two hundred and ten (210) live ammunition of 7.62mm caliber, six (6) cartridges of Double Barrel gun, three (3) empty magazines of AK47 riffle, one (1) Golf 3 wagon operational vehicle, silver in colour with reg. no. AH 471 GWA, one (1) Cutlass, two pairs of Police Uniform and the sum of sixteen thousand nine hundred naira (N16, 900:00).
CP Sanusi Lemu however used the opportunity to call on all individuals and groups who are yet to surrender Prohibited/Illegal Firearms in their possession to take advantage of the extension of ultimatum approved by the IGP and surrender such Firearms to the Command.
The Command equally called on the general public to avail the Police with useful information on persons in possession of firearms or where such firearms are kept or any information that will assist the Command in the fight against crime.