The Bauchi state Police command has delivered about 25 AK-47 rifles and other weapons recovered from criminal elements to the National Center for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons(NCCSALW).
The Commissioner of Police, Umar Sanda, handed over the seized items to the Center under the Office of the National Security Adviser, on Tuesday.
While delivering the weapons to the NCCSALW Director of Operations, Chris Owolabi, at the Command’s Headquarters, the CP said the arms were seized between June 2021 and February 2022 across the state.
“On behalf of the Inspector General of Police, Bauchi State Police Command, I hereby hand over the arms that we have recovered to National Center for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons”.
“I hope that the citizens will continue to support the government to make sure that these things happen from time to time, with other security agencies”, he said.
Other arms recovered by the police authorities include one locally made Sub-Machine Gun, one SMG, one locally made fabricated AK-47, 29 Rusted/unserviceable locally made P/cartridges, 27 Rusted/unserviceable locally-made revolver, one English Barretta and one Magazine, two P/Barretta and one locally made dane gun.
The police boss listed the the recovered ammunition as 874 7.6mm, 5,022 5.56mm, 113 9X19mm, 274 62.7mm, 177 38mm and eighty-seven blank.
On his part, the NCCSALW Director reiterated the Federal Government’s commitment to stopping the senseless bloodletting and insecurity in the country.
He explained that President Muhammadu Buhari approved the establishment of the National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons in March 2021 to institutionalize the control of small arms and light weapons at all levels of the polity.