Efforts of Taraba State Police Command to mop up illegal arms from Taraba state has started yielding positive results with the recovery of about 56 rifles and 300 live ammunitions in the state.
Speaking to journalists in Jalingo during the display of the recovered arms and ammunitions, The Commissioner of Police, Mr. David Akinremi said the recovery was the first phase of the operation, which began in February.
According to the Police Commissioner, the command will continue to do its best to ensure that it completely mop up all illegally acquired fire arms from the hands of individuals.
He have a rundown of the illegal arms so far recovered from individuals to include “5 AK47 rifles, 1 G3 rifle, 2 K2 rifles, 3 LAR rifles, 2 Pump Action rifles, 2 Double Barrel rifles, 13 Single Barrel rifles, 28 locally made pistols and 300 rounds of ammunitions”.
The commissioner said the 21 day ultimatum given by the command had elapsed and that those who voluntary submitted the fire arms would go unpunished, but that defaulters would be made to face the full wrath of the law when caught.
In the meantime, the task forces saddled with the responsibility of recovering illegal fire arms in the state are said to be progressing well, because of the cooperation it was getting from the community, through relevant information from the public.
“The retrieval of these illegal arms and ammunitions came as a result of tip off obtained by the Task Force when they visited Ardo-Kola and other areas that the arms were recovered”, Mr. Akinremi.
The Taraba State Commissioner of Police however said mop up operation was different from Operation Ayem Akpatuma by the military, but urged the public to continue to give the command the much needed helping hand.