Efforts to mob up illegal arms are ongoing in Nigeria and the Nigerian Police Force on Saturday made some recoveries in Akwa Ibom.

At least 47 illegal arms and 172 live ammunition and cartridges were taken in the process, the state;s Police Command said.

The spokesman for the police, DSP Odiko Macdon, told reporters at the police headquarters Ikot Akpan-Abia in Uyo that the recovery was in compliance with the directive of the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on recovery of prohibited firearms, ammunition and weapons across Nigeria.

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He said that the arms were recovered from suspected bandits, vigilance group and individuals.

According to him, arms recovered include three AK 47, one G3 rifle, three Pump action gun, three Single barrelled  gun and 37 locally made pistols.

“Today again, the Commissioner of Police has been able to showcase arms that have been recovered. Most of these arms were returned while some were seized during the mop up operations.

“A total of three AK 47, one G3 rifle, three Pump action gun, three Single barrel gun and then 37 locally made pistols and over 172 live ammunition and cartridges were recovered,” he said.

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The police spokesman added that within the month, the command arrested 17 suspects over alleged involvement in different forms of crime in the state.

He said that some of the suspects were arrested for murder, armed robbery, cultism and unlawful possession of fire arms.

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