A young man said to be an official of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC has been arrested in Enugu for being in possession of a locally made revolver pistol. The NSCDC operative (names withheld) claimed to have purchased the rifle illegally from the driver of his Commandant at the cost of N8,600.
Enugu State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, in a statement tuesday said the officer was arrested on Sunday by operatives of No. 3 Police Mobile Force Enugu State command on “stop and search duty” around Amodu Awkunanaw in Enugu South Local Government area. He said: “The suspect who hails Enugu State, was arrested for allegedly being in possession of a locally made chief revolver pistol which was concealed in his track suit shirt.
“The suspect who was being conveyed on a motorcycle bike along the said road, on seeing the stop and search operatives disembarked from the bike and boldly tried to walk pass the point. “…he was wearing a faze cap with an emblem and inscription suspected to be that of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps. Amaraizu explained that the officer was interrogated for further proof of his identity as he was not in full regalia and considering how the motorbike dropped him.
He said his behaviour with the motorbike gave serious room for suspicion, following which he was searched and a locally made chief revolver pistol found on him. “Suspect, on his own part, has maintained that he is a member of Civil Defence Corps serving in Calabar command and that he bought the locally made pistol from his commandant’s driver at the sum of N8,600 and that he uses the gun for his own private security. “He, however, ended by pleading for forgiveness, accepting that he was not permitted to be in possession of the gun since it was not officially issued to him,” the PPRO said
The PPRO disclosed that Police Patrol and Stop and Search strategy in Enugu state has been yielding positive results.