In a proactive move to combat the proliferation of illicit firearms, the Imo State Police Command has apprehended a suspect for unlawful possession of a locally made pistol.

During an intelligence-led raid on a criminal hideout located at No 1 Chidiobi Street, Site and Services, World Bank Layout, operatives of the Command’s Narcotics Unit arrested a 31-year-old man identified as Micheal Uzondu, hailing from Amimo in Ikeduru LGA of Imo State. The raid also led to the recovery of one locally made pistol and suspected hard drugs in Uzondu’s possession.

Suspect Micheal Uzondu talking about how he got the gun

Upon interrogation, Uzondu confessed to purchasing the pistol from a gun-runner in Ugirike, Ikeduru LGA, with intentions to use it for personal protection. An investigation into the matter is currently underway, with efforts focused on apprehending both the dealers and manufacturers of locally-made firearms. Uzondu will be arraigned in court upon the completion of a comprehensive investigation.

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Commissioner of Police, CP Aboki Danjuma, emphasized the importance of community support in curbing the proliferation of illicit firearms and ammunition, which poses a significant threat to the peace and security of Imo State. CP Danjuma urged Imolites to provide actionable information to assist law enforcement in their efforts to enhance safety and wellbeing across the state.

The Imo State Police Command remains resolute in its commitment to ensuring the safety of all residents, and pledges to continue its efforts in maintaining peace and security within the state.