Nigerian Police recover 12,185 firearms, $470m hidden In commercial banks
The Nigeria Police Force has disclosed it has recovered a total of 12,185 firearms since February 2018, as well as $470 million belonging to NNPC Brass/LNG Investment, reportedly hidden in some commercial banks.
This revelation was contained in a statement released by the Acting DCP, Jimoh Moshood, Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, Abuja. The statement also gave a breakdown of the weapons recovered, following directives of the Federal Government for the surrender of prohibited firearms.
The Police recovered N8 billion belonging to NNPC BRASS/LNG INVESTMENT, which supposed to have been remitted to TSA Account of the Federal Government, in addition to N114,290,000 in relation to the December 10, 2016 national and state assembly re-run elections in Rivers State, recovered from 23 Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials.
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The Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris NPM, mni, on 21st February, 2018 directed the Commissioners of Police of all the State Commands of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja and their Supervisory Assistant Inspectors General of Police of the Twelve Zonal Commands in the Country, and the Force Headquarters Joint Task Enforcement Team to immediately commence simultaneously throughout the Country, the mopping-up, recovery of prohibited firearms, ammunition and weapons in the possession of all suspected Militias, Bandits, Armed Herdsmen and Farmers, Vigilante groups, Neighbourhood watch and other groups or Individual(s) or Bodies bearing prohibited firearms and ammunition, illegal weapons and lethal devices whether locally fabricated, modified or otherwise fashioned to kill or that can cause harm or injury to persons or that can cause panic, fear, apprehension, security breach, breach of Public peace or that can cause threat to law and order anywhere in the Country.
- Consequently, ultimatums of Twenty One (21) days at intervals were given by the Force for voluntary return of all prohibited firearms in the hands of members of the General Public, individuals and groups such as Vigilantes and neighbourhood watch groups in any of the Thirty Six (36) States and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) including the Seven Hundred and Seventy Four (774) Local Government Areas of the Federation, Town Unions, Hunters and Watch night men or any group or association under any capacity or guise, other than Security Agencies recognized statutorily and gazetted by the Federal Government of Nigeria to bear firearms of specified category; after the expiration of the grace period and ultimatums, the Commissioners of Police of State Commands, FCT and their Supervisory Assistant Inspectors General of Police and the Force Headquarters Joint Task Enforcement Team in compliance with IGP’s directives and working on actionable intelligence, swung into actions and embarked on Mop-up, Seizure and Recovery of all illegal and prohibited firearms and ammunition from wrong hands, suspected Militias, Militants, Criminal/Unlawful Gangs through search, raid and seizure from identified premises, hideouts, dwelling houses, buildings and sites where these illegal/prohibited firearms were kept based on reasonable suspicion and intelligence and recovered the following prohibited/illegal firearms and ammunition:
RECOVERED PROHIBITED FIREARMS
Batch 1 – No. of Firearms Recovered = 6, 527
No. of Ammunition Recovered = 14, 809
Batch 2 – No. of Firearms Recovered = 3, 130
No. of Ammunition Recovered = 12, 185
- Below are the categories of the prohibited/illegal firearms and ammunition, specified under Chapter F.28 LFN 2004 Fire Arms Act:
- Apparatus for the discharge of any explosives of gas diffusing projectile.
iii. Rocket weapons
- Bombs and Grenades
- Machine-Guns and Machine-Pistols
- Military rifles, namely; those of calibers 7.62mm, 9mm, .300 inches
vii. Revolvers and Pistols whether rifled or unrifled (including flint-lock pistols and cap pistols).
viii. Firearms such as Pump action gun of all categories
- Any other firearms/lethal weapons fabricated to kill
- This 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 etc.
- EFFORTS OF THE NIGERIA POLICE FORCE IN THE RECOVERY OF MONETARY AND NON- MONETARY ASSETS FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
On assumption of Office, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris, NPM, mni created Special Units to handle high profile cases including Terrorism, Cyber and high-tech crimes, some of which includes the IGP Monitoring Unit, Special Investigation Panel (SIP) and Task Force on Anti-Pipeline Vandalism.
As a result of these efforts, the Nigeria Police Force recovered the following monetary and non-monetary assets for the Federal Government.
RECOVERY OF CASH ITEMS
- The sum of Four Hundred and Seventy Million, Five Hundred and Nineteen Thousand, Eight Hundred and Eighty-Nine US Dollars and Ten Cent ($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 sum of Eight Billion, Eight Hundred and Seven Million, Two Hundred and Sixty Four Thousand, Eight Hundred and Thirty Four Naira, Ninety Six Kobo (NGN8,807,264,834.96) monies belonging to NNPC BRASS/LNG INVESTMENT, that was not remitted to TSA Account of the Federal Government was also recovered
iii. The Sum of One Hundred and Fourteen Million, Two Hundred And Ninety Thousand Naira, (NGN 114,290,000.00) in relation to the December 10th, 2016, National And State Assembly Re-Run Elections in Rivers State Of Nigeria was recovered from twenty-three (23) INEC Electoral officials.
RECOVERY OF NON-CASH ITEMS
- The Nigeria Police Force in the fight against Economic Sabotage and pipeline vandalism related crimes recovered two (2) Vessels, seven (7) Speed Boats, eight-three (83) Trucks, twenty-five assorted Cars including Jeeps, thirty-six (36) Buses, twenty-nine (29) Motorcycles, five Speed Boat engines and thirty-eight (38) pumping/Drilling Machines and Generators.
Summary of Monetary and Non-Monetary Assets recovered
The total recoveries of Monetary and Non-Monetary Assets of the Federal Government by the Nigeria Police Force are:
(a) MONETARY ASSETS
- Four Hundred and Seventy Million, Five Hundred and Nineteen Thousand, Eight Hundred and Eighty-Nine US Dollars and Ten Cents ($470,519,889.10).
- Eight Billion, Nine Hundred and Twenty-One Million, Five Hundred and Fifty-Four Thousand, Eight Hundred and Thirty-Four Naira and Ninety-Six Kobo (NGN 8,921,554,834.96).
(b) NON-MONETARY ASSETS:
- Two (2) Vessels
- Seven (7) Speed Boats
- Eighty-three (83) Tanker Trucks
- Sixty-one (61) assorted Vehicles
- Five (5) Speed Boats Engines
- Twenty-nine (29) Motorcycles
- Thirty-eight (38) Pumping/Drilling Machines and Generators.
- 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 following contacts:
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
- The commitment of the Nigeria Police Force to guarantee protection of Lives and Property and recovery of Government assets in the hands of unpatriotic individual(s), group(s) or corporate bodies across the country remains unequivocal and unwavering.
Ag. DCP JIMOH MOSHOOD
FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER