Police in Katsina State have recovered 198 firearms from some residents, including herdsmen.
The weapons were confiscated after an order from Ibrahim Idris, the Inspector-General of Police, that owners of such weapons should surrender them. 30 of the weapons were allegedly seized from individuals.
The recovered weapons included 20 AK-47 rifles, 10 pistols, eight pump-action rifles, 70 locally-made pistols, 80 locally-made guns, five double-barrelled guns and two SMGs. Others included 84 rounds of ammunition and 50 magazines.
Wakili Muhammed, the state Commissioner of Police, at the police command headquarters in Katsina, presented the weapons in front of journalists stated that the command would ensure the recovery of all illegally acquired arms.
“We are also calling on those who have not returned their legally acquired firearms to do so before the expiration of the IG’s deadline,” he added.
The CP noted that three suspects Shamsudeen Dahiru, 27; Abdullahi Lawal, 25; and Usman Abdullahi, 24 all from Funtua, Katsina State, were arrested for robbery in Funtua town.
He said one automatic pistol with eight rounds of live ammunition was recovered from them.
The police boss said the suspects would be arraigned after police investigation