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Monday, 11 July 2016 14:09

1.1 million illegal weapons in private hands – Bani

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About 1.1 million unlicensed weapons are in the possession of civilians in the country, the Minister for the Interior, Prosper Douglas Bani, has revealed.

According to him, out of the 2.3 million weapons circulating in the country, only 1.2 million have been captured on the police database.

He therefore called on those in the possession of unlicensed weapons to take urgent steps to get them registered, adding that the law enforcement agencies would ensure that individuals with these unlicensed weapons are arrested and prosecuted.

The Minister made these revelations while addressing the general public on the observance of UN Day for Weapon Destruction at the Trade Fair Centre, in Accra.

The event, which was organized by the National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons (NACSA), under the auspices of the Ministry, saw the destruction of 1,400 out of about 2,000 seized guns.

The weapons destroyed ranged from AK 47, G3, double barrel, local mortar, hummer, simplex, Baikal guns, local pistols, spears, bows and arrows.

Mr. Bani said these weapons, which have not been captured on the Police database might end up in the hands of rascals, who might use it for criminal activities, terrorize society and ignite communal violence.

Source: Ghanaian Times




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