NSCDC busts criminal hideout, recovers 33 guns, other items in Imo

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) raided a criminal hideaway in the state, finding 33 semi-automatic guns made in other countries as well as 15 gun cleaning kits.

This was disclosed by Mr. Michael Ogar, the NSCDC Commandant in Imo, during a press conference in Owerri on Thursday.

“Acting on a solid tip-off, we set ambush,” the Commandant explained, “and after a few days, we were able to collect these goods someplace around Owerri that we cannot divulge right now due to ongoing inquiry.”

26 double barrel weapons, five pump actions, two sniper rifles, and 15 sets of gun cleaning kits are among the things reported by Ogar.

He explained that an investigation was underway to identify the weapons’ sources in order to apprehend and prosecute them.

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He assured Imo residents and indigenes planning to return home for the holidays that the Command is committed to hitch-free celebrations, saying, “We remain committed to guaranteeing hitch-free celebrations this yuletide, and we assure Imo sons and daughters who would be returning that Imo is secure.”

“Illicit firearm possession is closely tied to criminality,” he said, “which is why we are looking to uncover the suppliers of these items.”

The Commandant urged locals to assist the Command in overcoming the barrier of information access by giving necessary information on criminal movement and activities.

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