Police Arrest Gunman, Recover AK-47 Rifle In Anambra

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Operatives of the anti-crime squad of the Anambra State Police Command have arrested a man from whom they also recovered an AK-47 rifle.

The team intercepted the man in Awada community of Idemili North Local Government Area of the state while carrying a bag, on Sunday.

The man, on sighting the police team, took to his heels and was chased until he was caught and overpowered by the personnel.


When the bag was searched, it was found to contain an AK-47 Rifle with breech No. 25008266.


The Command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Ikenga Tochukwu who narrated the incident in a statement in Awka said “a search of database has shown that the (recovered AK-47 rifle) was not among firearms on charge to Anambra State Command.”


He stated that on interrogation, the suspect which he did not disclose his identity confessed that the weapon was procured for a showdown with a rival cult group.


Commissioner of Police in the State, CP Aderemi Adeoye, has commended members of the squad for the recovery and their vigilance and tenacity of purpose.


Adeoye has directed that the investigation be widened and deepened to bring to book all those connected with the arms trafficking, including an alleged financier abroad who provided funds for the purchase.


The CP also directed all personnel in Command to re-dedicate themselves to crime prevention and detection to better serve the people in the state.


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