ENUGU, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA)- The National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (NCCSALW) says it has taken possession of over 3,000 firearms recovered in the Niger Delta.
Abba Dikko, the National Coordinator of NCCSALW made this known in a statement by the Head of Communication, Air Commodore Ewejide Akintunde.
The retired Major General said that different categories of weapons were mopped up by Operation Delta Safe (OPDS).
Note that OPDS, composed of military troops, is a Joint Task Force operating in the six South-South states.
The handover ceremony was witnessed by officials of the Defence Headquarters, Nigeria Police Force, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, and others.
OPDS Commander, Rear Adm. Aminu Hassan, who represented DHQ, made the presentation to the NCCSALW.
The weapons include AK-47 rifles, FN rifles, Beretta rifles, G3 rifles, pump action rifles, and several brands of pistols.
Others are Sub-Machine Guns (SMGs), General-Purpose Machine Guns (GPMGs), locally fabricated rifles, and ammunition of various calibres.
Dikko said the centre would aggregate all weapons recovered from the public and manage the stockpile ahead of destruction.
The NCCSALW has the mandate of retrieving illicit small and light weapons in the custody of arms-bearing agencies in Nigeria.