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We’ll crush arms smuggling syndicate, says IG

The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris , on Thursday said the police were determined to burst the international syndicate behind the illegal importation of weapons into the country from Turkey.

He said the police would work with the Nigeria Customs Service to put an end to proliferation of arms in the country .

The Comptroller General of Customs , Col. Hameed Ali ( retd. ), had last week named a syndicate made up of Nigerians based in Turkey as those behind the illegal importation of about 2, 671 pump -action rifles that were impounded in Lagos ..

Idris said this at the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari Housing Estate, at the Agemuwo area of Badagry, Lagos State .

He said, “ The Comptroller General of Customs has spoken on the seized arms. The police will join force with the Nigeria Customs Service to investigate the source of the arms and we will ensure that those behind the illegal importation do not go scot-free . ”

Idris , who said he did not support any call for secession, added that he had observed that Nigerians still wanted to continue to live together as brothers and sisters ..

He said that the police would ensure that the unity of the country remained intact .
“ We have the constitutional power to safeguard the lives and property of Nigerians anywhere in the country , ” he added.

The police boss, who also inaugurated the Mopol 22 Headquarters building in Ikeja, said that he was committed to improving the welfare of policemen.

“ In my inaugural speech on July 22 , 2016, I assured police personnel of my determination to accelerate all issues as regards their welfare such as promotion, prompt payment of salaries and provision of affordable housing units, among others.

“ These promises I pursued with zeal because of my firm belief that police officers deserve good welfare packages and other logistics given the nature of our job . ”

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