SE illegal gun demand is met through local black smiths in Awka and smuggled arms from Cameroon..Anambra CP

THE Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Aderemi Adeoye, has said that illegal arms used by insurgents to terrorize people in the South East geopolitical zone were being brought from Cameroon through Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.


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Addressing reporters in Awka on Monday, the CP also paraded 129 suspects, including eight persons arrested for the vandalisation of the newly constructed Second Niger Bridge, as well as suspected kidnappers and cultists.

Adeoye said the arms dealers usually package the weapons with stockfish and bring them to a place near Aba, Abia State for ready buyers.

He hinted that weapons are also sold in the Onitsha Main Market in Anambra State, adding that from his long experience of service in the state, which commenced in the 1990s, the situation had even worsened recently.

He said that within the last three months, the command had recovered 26 firearms and arrested 30 insurgents.

He described the Onitsha Main market as one of the sources for the proliferation of weapons, while Awka blacksmiths, who manufacture local guns also contribute to the proliferation of illegal arms in the state.

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