The Imo State Police Command has said that it has recovered 168 guns and 2,323 ammunition from criminals and some individuals who surrendered their own voluntarily, during its mop-up of armaments in the state.
The Commissioner of Police in Imo, Mr Chris Ezike, while displaying the arms in Owerri the Imo State capital said the command also recovered 99 cartridges and 25 empty magazines.
He said the arrangement was in compliance to the Inspector General of Police directive, Ibrahim Idris for all state police commands to deposit all mop-up and surrendered arms and ammunition to the public armory.
The Commissioner said that the Command would deposit the ammunition in a public Armour.
He added that those arrested with the arms that were not voluntarily handed to the police would be charged for various offenses to court.
The CP added that the mop-up and voluntary submission of weapons had led to reduction in criminality such as kidnapping and armed robbery in the state.
He stated that those who are willing to summit their arm voluntarily would have police protection. he stated further that the action by the command to mob-up arms was aimed at checking the activities of would be political thugs.