Police has Misplaced over 88,000 AK-47 Rifles – Report
This was disclosed by Nigeria’s Auditor General, Adolphus Aghughu in its weapons review of police armouries, according to Reuters.
This comes at a period of rising criminal activities by violent non-state actors acquiring weapons.
The report stated that multiple weapons were missing and unaccounted for under the Nigerian Police which covered a period till December 2019.
They stated that the “total number of lost firearms as reported as of December 2018 stood at 178,459 pieces,” adding that “out of this number, 88,078 were AK-47 rifles.”
They also warned that there is a serious risk of the weapons ending up in the wrong hands.
The report is set to be presented before the National House of Assembly where the Police is expected to appear to explain themselves.
Recall Nairametrics reported last year that President Muhammadu Buhari approved the establishment of a National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (NCCSALW), which is part of the ongoing restructuring of Nigeria’s security architecture to address rising threats and strengthen the regional mechanism for the control, prevention and regulation of Small Arms and Light Weapons.
Meanwhile, Socioeconomic research firm, SBM Intel reported earlier this year that the proliferation of small arms and light weapons has driven the rise in violence in Nigeria. This violence has led to mass displacement and has resulted in Nigeria having several internally displaced people that rival countries that are officially at war.
- Culled from Nairametrics