Over 170,000 firearms disappear from the Nigerian police armoury —AUGF- 4th Jan 2022, 15:55pm
The office of Auditor General of the Federation (oAuGF), has recommended the prosecution of some police officers by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over conversion of arms and ammunition for illegal use, ThisDay reports.
The recommendation was contained in the audit queries with Ref. No: AuGF/AR.2019/02, dated September 15, 2021 and signed by the Auditor General of the Federation, Adolphus Aghughu, which was sent to the Clerk of the National Assembly, Architect Amos Ojo and expected to be investigated by the House of Representatives’ Committee on Public Account, chaired by Hon. Oluwole Oke.
According to the report, no fewer than 178,459 different types of arms and ammunition went missing from the police armoury in the 2019 fiscal year, without any trace or formal report on their whereabouts.
As encapsulated in the report, 88,078 AK-47 rifles, 3,907 assorted rifles and pistols from different formations nationwide could not be accounted for as at January 2020. The oAuGF report also accused authorities of Nigeria Police Force of lack of comprehensive details of unserviceable weapons, fearing that such could fall into some unauthorised hands for illegal use.