The Nigeria Police Force has vowed to neutralise a gun running syndicate for locally fabricating and distributing automatic weapons in its efforts to combat illegal arms possession in Cross River State, South-South Nigeria.
The Commissioner for Police, Cross River State Command, Mr.
Aminu Alhassan made the remark during a press briefing in Calabar, the state capital.
Alhassan said that the Command’s Special Forces intercepted a man for alleged attempting to transport locally fabricated automatic weapons across the nation’s international border.
According to the Commissioner, “a team of Anti – Robbery Section SCID, Calabar, on information intercepted one Fobi Kingsley Mbaku (Gun Runner) along Ranch road, Obanliku local government area; that there is a hideout for locally fabricated automatic rifle.
“That the said Kingsley is a member of the syndicate of this illegal business operating within Obanliku and its environs.
Exhibits recovered are one locally fabricated rifle (AK 47) with two hundred rounds of 7.
62mm live ammunition.
“Effort is ongoing to arrest other fleeing syndicate members and to unravel the source and mission of this illegitimate venture.
The suspect will be charged to court as soon as investigation is completed,” Alhassan stated.
The Police Commissioner also informed newsmen that the command was also after a syndicate involved in circulation of fake currencies in the state, a development he noted was tantamount to economic sabotage.
He said a man was apprehended with a large stash of counterfeit One thousand naira notes at a Point of Sale operator in Calabar.
attributed the successes achieved within the past two months to the support and collaboration amongst security agencies, the media and the public.
“It is my resolve to analytically approach the emerging security threats with improved transparency and strategic communication in line with the Inspector General of Police’s policing goals, vision and mission for effective and efficient service delivery,” he said.
The Police Commissioner also used the opportunity to warn residents against organising and holding all forms of street protests capable of being hijacked by persons with sinister agenda.
He noted that the police would not condone any attempt to breach the peace existing in the state.
The Commissiober urged people to seek legal redress in settling dispute rather than violence.
Alhassan, who denied the allegation of using tear gas on city sweepers protesting the non-payment of six months stipend by the state government, explained that “the protest by these city sweepers came when the entire command was mandated to prevent any protest especially on the #ENDSARS anniversary.
“Even though, the police did not tear gas the women, we appealed to them to move to a safe area and lay their complaints at one of the government offices.
We were on the streets to ensure no one took advantage of that situation for ENDSARS protest.
Speaking further he said, “violence, lawlessness or self-help cannot proffer solution in any enlightened society rather seeking legal redress in settling dispute is more profitable.
“I advise Cross River residents to remain calm, focused and go about their legitimate businesses as the police command will never relent in tackling and providing robust security architecture for citizenry.
“I also urge agencies, establishments and agitators of all kinds to always play by the rule while expressing their plight in order not to breach the laws or constitutional rights of others or cause panic in the land.
“I particularly enjoin residents of Cross River State to shun all forms of protests, which are capable of being hijacked by people having sinister agenda,” he added.
Nigeria Police vows to smash gun running syndicate