The House of Representatives has taken a decision of investigating the alleged missing 178,459 arms and ammunition of the Nigeria Police Force, as contained in the 2019 report of the Auditor General for the Federation.
So, reaching the decision was after the adoption of a motion on matters of urgent public importance by
the deputy minority leader, Toby Okechukwu (PDP, Enugu), at the plenary on Thursday, January 20.
However, In his presentation, Okechukwu noted that the audit of the Arms Movement Register, Monthly Returns of Arms and
Ammunition and Ammunition Register at the Armoury Section revealed that the total number of lost firearms
as of December 2018 stood at 178,459 pieces.
Furthermore, The lawmaker said;
“Out of this number, 88,078 were AK-47 rifles, 3,907 assorted rifles, and pistols across different police formations
and there was no account for it as of January 2020.
“The findings in the report that the police high command failed to keep a record of unserviceable and expired firearms
and ammunition; owing to non-compliance to the internal control system of the Nigeria Police Force.
“Records of the total number of unserviceable firearms were not produced for examinations and there were no returns
from Adamawa State Command, Police Mobile Force (PMF) 46, 56, 64 and 68 for the period under review”.
Furthermore, The Inspector-General of Police was given direction by the house of representatives member to take
urgent actions to apprehend those culpable for the depletion of the armory of the Nigeria Police Force.
Finally, there was also a directive to the house committee on police affairs to investigate and report back to
the House within four weeks.
By Taiyelolu A