“As you can see on display, the firearms mop up exercise has yielded positive result in the command.

“I’m using this opportunity to call on citizens of Lagos to take advantage of the grace period and return voluntarily, prohibited firearms in their possession.

“Failure to do so will lead to lawful search of all buildings and property – residences, homes, vessels that we have credible information on which will eventually lead to arrest and prosecution. I hope it won’t come to that.”

These were the words of the Lagos state Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal on Tuesday when he hosted the media to a briefing at the Force Headquarters in Ikeja.

Over 200 firearms were on display and all were illegally acquired weapons recovered from individuals and suspected hoodlums in the last seven months.

At the mere sight of the arms and ammunition you would wonder, is Lagos going to war?

Imohimi said that the firearms were recovered from suspected hoodlums and those that embraced the 21 days grace period given by the Inspector-General of Police to submit their illegally possessed firearms.

The police chief added that the recovery covered a period of seven months, starting from September 2017 when he assumed duty in the command.

Giving statistics of recovery, he said that the firearms consisted of 38 pump action rifles, six AK-47 rifles, 12 double barrel rifles, 11 single barrel rifles and 70 single barrel locally made cut to size shot-guns.

Others are 42 locally made double barrel short guns, 18 locally made revolver pistol, three Beretta pistols, 220 cartridges and 60 7.62mm AK-47 ammunition.

The CP said that the recovered arms and ammunition were taken to the Lagos State Police Command armoury and the recoveries will be continuous.