30 January 2013

Nigeria: Police Recover Over 5,000 Cartridges in Border Raid

The Nigerian police on Tuesday said it recovered some lethal weapons in two separate raids.

In a statement, the Police Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, said the weapons were recovered because the police had taken measures to enhance the safety and security of Nigerians, adding that it has also secured all Nigeria's borders.

Mr. Mba said, during the first raid which occurred on January 20, the police arrested two suspects and recovered a cache of 5,564 live cartridges at Idiroko in Ogun State, a border town between Nigeria and the Republic of Benin.

He said the suspects reside in Accra, Ghana and "are suspected to be behind the supply of arms and ammunition to criminal groups operating in parts of the country" .

The police spokesperson said the live cartridges were concealed in the engine compartment and inner crevices of a Mercedes Benz SE saloon car with registration number CC 270 FKJ.

Mr. Mba said the suspects claimed to have taken off from Ghana through Benin Republic en route Lagos.

The second raid, the police spokesperson said, happened on January 24 in Edo State after the police got an intelligence report.

The police, Mr. Mba claimed, raided a local arms manufacturing factory and recovered ammos including two double barrel gun pipes, two double barrel gun butts, three single gun butts, nine single barrel gun pipes, one locally made double barrel cut-to-size gun pipe, a bag of weed and other incriminating items.

Mr. Mba said two persons were arrested in connection with the raid. The suspects, he said, might be responsible for the supply of lethal weapons to armed robbers and kidnappers in the South -West, South- South and South -East regions.

Mr. Mba said in the statement, that the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, has assured Nigerians of the determination of the Force under his leadership to continue to evolve new ways of improving on the security of life and property within the country.

The police boss also appealed to Nigerians to assist the Force with information so as to complement the effort of the police in crime fighting and maintenance of public safety.

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