About 517 small arms and light weapons have been recovered from bandits and criminal elements by the military within its area of operation in Plateau and Kaduna States.

The General Officer Commanding 3rd Division Nigeria Army, Major General Ibrahim Ali, disclosed this on Thursday during a press briefing in Jos.

He subsequently handed over the small arms and light weapons to the National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons at the headquarters of Operation Safe Heaven in Jos.

Ali, said, “The operational successes recorded by troops of Operation Safe Haven recently have led to the recovery of 517 small arms and light weapons from criminal elements. These comprise 40 automatic weapons and 477 locally fabricated firearms.
The automatic weapons include 26xAK 47 rifle, 1x FN rifle, 2x Beretta rifle, 3x G3 rifle, 6x Beretta pistol, 1x Harris Burg pistol, and 1 x SMG.”

He added, “The locally fabricated weapons comprise 183 x locally fabricated rifles, 163 x dane guns, 102 x locally fabricated pistols, and 19 x locally fabricated SMG. Others include 6 x single Barrel Guns and 1 x pump action.”

Receiving the weapons, the Zonal Coordinator, North Central, National Centre for the Control of Small Arms, Major Gen. Hamza Bature (retd.), appreciated the troops.
He urged the public to always give necessary information to mop out illegal firearms from the hands of the public.

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