Vanguard News reports that five policemen currently serving in Imo State police command have now been detained over how one of the AK-47 rifles meant for officially use ended up in the hands of kidnappers operating in the state.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Musa Katsina in a phone conversation with Vanguard said four of the five policemen were explaining their involvement in the act. He revealed the armourer is being tried for negligence.
“It is true that I ordered the arrest, detention and interrogation of four serving policemen of this command for allegedly renting one of the rifles assigned to them to dare devil kidnappers.”
The CP said all the police officers, including the armourer, arrested in connection with the finding are currently facing orderly room trial.
“I have constituted a panel to try them. They have been given the opportunity to explain and anybody found to be involved in the crime would be made to face the full weight of the law.” he said
Explaining how the Police recovered the weapons from the kidnappers, Katsina explained:
“When the vehicle was thoroughly searched, the AK-47 rifle belonging to the command was recovered. We traced the point of issue to New Owerri police division and that is how the armourer came into the picture,”
“The four were officially assigned the weapons for guard duties. The other three policemen never reported to anybody that their colleague whose weapon was later recovered from kidnappers, was not reporting for duty” the CP said.