Giving details of the matter, the Ebonyi state commissioner of Police, Titus Lamorde said the arms were recovered in compliance with the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris’ directive to all Commands CPs and other police formations to mop up prohibited and illegal firearms and ammunition in circulation nationwide.
He said the Command setup a task force headed by a Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Criminal Investigation Department, Oyeyemi Oyediran to carry out the mop up.
The task force recovered some of the arms in hands of some persons in the state who have been charged to court for illegal possession of firearms. Lamorde said the Police acting on a tip-off destroyed a factory where guns were being manufactured at Mgbo in Ohaukwu local government area of the state.
“The Police acting on a tip-off discovered an arms making factory in Mgbo and on getting there the owner ran away but we recovered some of the locally made arms”, he said.
He commended those who voluntarily surrendered their arms and urged others still with theirs to submit them immediately promising that no punishment will be metted out to them.
“However, if they fail to do so and we catch them with the arms, they will be prosecuted, so we encourage them to utilise this opportunity by the IGP to submit the arms”.
He listed some of the arms recovered to include 18 AK47 rifles, 6 G3 rifles, 21 pump action riffles, 6 English made double barrel guns, 33 locally made short guns, 62 dane guns and quantities of live ammunition and cartridges of different calibre.
The CP urged stakeholders and the general public to continue to collaborate with the police by giving them useful information on individuals or group in possession of prohibited firearms.