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The National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (NCCSALW) has taken possession of more than 3,000 different categories of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW).

The National Coordinator of NCCSALW, retired Maj.-Gen. Abba Dikko, made this known in a statement by the centre’s Head of Strategic Communication, Air Commodore Ewejide Akintunde on Wednesday.

Dikko said SALW, ammunition and other arms related materials were recovered by the troops of the Joint Task Force, Operation Delta Safe (OPDS), and handed over to the centre on Monday in Port Harcourt.

He said the representatives of the Defence Headquarters (DHQ), Nigeria Police Force (NPF), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and other arms bearing security agencies witnessed the ceremony.

“Over 3,000 automatic and locally fabricated SALW were handed over to the Centre by the Commander, OPDS, Rear Adm. Aminu Hassan, who also represented DHQ at the hand-over ceremony.

“The assorted weapons include AK 47 rifles, FN rifles, Berretta rifles, G3 rifles, Pump Action rifles and various brands of pistols.

“Others included Sub-Machine Guns (SMG) and General-Purpose Machine Guns (GPMG) as well as locally fabricated Single and Double-Barrel rifles, Pistols, SMGs and ammunition of various calibres,’’ he said.

The coordinator, who was represented by the South-South Zonal Coordinator for the centre, retired Maj.Gen. Martins Obot, said the takeover was in fulfilment of the centre’s core functions.NAN


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