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Police recover N8.9bn, $470.5m; mop-up 9, 657 illegal firearms, 26, 994 illegal ammunition

The Police at Force headquarters disclosed on Thursday that it had recovered a cash sum of $470,519,889.10) belonging to NNPC BRASS/LNG INVESTMENT hidden in some commercial banks after the directives of the Federal Government on TSA.

The Police also said that the sum of NGN8, 807,264,834.96 belonging to NNPC BRASS/LNG INVESTMENT, which was not remitted to TSA Account of the Federal Government has been recovered just as it said the sum of N114, 290, 000.00 was recovered in relation to the December 10th, 2016, National And State Assembly Re-Run Elections in Rivers State by 23 INEC electoral officials.

According to a statement by Force Public Relations Officer, Acting DCP Jimoh Moshood, a total of 9,657 illegal firearms and 26,994 illegal ammunition in possession of suspected militias, bandits, armed herdsmen and farmers, vigilante groups, neighbourhood watch and other groups and individuals in the country.

The recovery, the police explained, followed the mop up exercise earlier directed by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.

According to him, 6, 527 and 3, 130 illegal firearms were recovered in first and second batches of the mope up exercises respectively, explaining that 14, 809 and 12, 185 ammunition were also recovered during the period began on 21 April, 2018.

The categories of the prohibited firearms and ammunition, specified under Chapter F.28 LFN 2004 Fire Arms Act which were seized by the police during the mope up exercises, he explained, included: Artillery; apparatus for the discharge of any explosives of gas diffusing projectile; rocket weapons; bombs and grenades and Machine-Guns and Machine-Pistols

Others he said were military rifles, namely; those of calibers 7.62mm, 9mm, .300 inches; evolvers and Pistols whether rifled or unrifled (including flint-lock pistols and cap pistols; firearms such as pump action gun of all categories and any other firearms/lethal weapons fabricated to kill.
The FPRO stressed that the “operation which is still ongoing among other purposes, is aimed at the full enforcement of the Firearms Act, mopping-up and recovery of all prohibited firearms and illegally acquired weapons and will enable the Nigeria Police Force deal decisively with Herders/Farmers Clashes, Kidnappings, Armed Robbery, Cattle Rustling, Militancy and Terrorism” amongst others.
On the non-cash items, Moshood said the NPF had in the fight against economic sabotage and pipeline vandalism related crimes recovered two vessels, seven speed boats, 83 trucks, 25 assorted cars including Jeeps, 36 buses, 29 motorcycles, five Speed Boat engines and 38 pumping/drilling machines and generators.
He gave the summary of recovered monetary and non-monetary items as $470,519,889.10; N8, 921, 554, 834. 96); two vessels seven Speed Boats, 83.Tanker Trucks, 61 assorted Vehicles, five Speed Boats Engines, 29.Motorcycles, and 38 Pumping/Drilling Machines and Generators.
He further stated that “while the Firearms Mop-up Operations and the recovery of monetary/non-monetary assets of Government are still ongoing, the Nigeria Police Force therefore implores Members of the Public with useful information that will assist the Police to report via the “DIG Department of Operations: 08037025670; O/C IGP Special Investigation Panel: 08035891859
O/C IGP Monitoring Unit: 08032451594; O/C IGP Intelligence Response Team: 09098049333″.

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