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Jigawa sitting on time bomb as 60 persons possess pump action guns – Police

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Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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The Jigawa State Police Commissioner, Bala Sanci, on Tuesday said about 60 persons are in possession of Pump Action Guns in the state, adding that If such trend is not curtailed, the state is sitting on a time bomb.

Confirmed this while fielding questions from newsmen in Dutse, Mr Sanci said no one could possess such gun without the approval of Mr President.

He therefore called on people in possession of such guns to immediately surrender them to the command.

Meanwhile, the Command said it has recovered 116 assorted firearms, 65 rounds of ammunition and six life cartridges in the ongoing nationwide recovery of prohibited and illegal firearms by the police.

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Mr Sanci said the exercise was conducted in compliance with the directive of Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris to police commands to mop up, seize and recover illegal firearms in the country.

The recovered arms are 104 locally made guns, five locally made pistols, three AK 47 rifles, three locally fabricated rifles two AK 56 rifles, one Dicon pistol and one pump action rifle.

According to him, most of the arms were voluntarily surrendered by their owners to the police task force set up for the exercise.

He added that the mop up was geared towards tackling the proliferation of firearms which had direct bearing on the prevalent insecurity in most states of the federation.

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“In compliance with the IG’s directives, the Jigawa State Police Command mopped up, seized and recovered large number of prohibited/illegal firearms and ammunition in the state.

“The exercise tends to tackle the proliferation of firearms that has direct bearing on the current insecurity prevalent in most states of the nation.

“So no fewer than 119 firearms, sixty-five rounds of ammunition and six life cartridges were successfully recovered,” he said

Mr Sanci called on those with arms in the state who had yet to surrender them to expeditiously do so before the task force embarked on forceful recovery of such arms.

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