The Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Special Committee set up for damage assessment to police facilities and equipment during the #EndSARS protest in Lagos has said that about 100 AK-47 rifles and 2,600 units of ammunition are missing as a result of attacks on police formations.
The Chairman of the 10-man committee, Commissioner of Police Abutu Yaro, said that 37 police formations were attacked during the violence in the state with 367 vehicles, including 10 Armoured Personnel Carrier, saloon cars and Hilux vans set ablaze.
CP Abutu Yaro said the committee was taking the inventory of property destroyed in police facilities across the country.
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He said, “We are taking a tour around the 17 states where burning of police facilities and killing of police personnel occurred. Since Lagos is the epicentre we decided to come to Lagos first.
“Thirty-seven police stations were attacked in Lagos and about 30 per cent of the police infrastructure in the state has been crippled.
“Also, a lot of arms and ammunition were carted away. We are still counting and collating.
“In some police stations, 15 to 30 firearms and ammunition were stolen. So far from our preliminary report, about 100 pieces of AK-47 cannot be accounted for and up to 2,600 pieces of ammunition are missing.
“This is the period when criminals become more aggressive whereas police equipment has been crippled. It is pathetic.”
CP Abutu urged hoodlums in possession of the arms and ammunition to return them to the nearest police station or community leaders, noting that three firearms were returned to some police formations on Friday.
“One of them was returned to the Area Commander Ajah, ACP Gbolahan. It was found somewhere and the community alerted him. They (policemen) went to pick it.
“If the community sees it (firearm) and refuses to report, the weapon will still be used to unleash terror on the population. That is why we are appealing to community leaders, youths and other stakeholders to be on the lookout,” Abutu said.