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Reps to investigate missing 178,459 police arms

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The House of Representatives has resolved to investigate the alleged missing 178,459 arms and ammunition in the Nigeria Police Force as contained in the 2019 report of the Auditor General for the Federation.

This followed a motion of urgent Public importance moved by the Deputy Minority Leader, Rep. Toby Okechukwu.

The Nation had reported that the Auditor General for the Federation said in the report that over 88,000 of the missing arms are AK-47 assault rifles which could not be accounted for by the Police.

Moving the motion, Okechukwu drew attention to the ongoing fight against terrorism and banditry, pointing out that these arms could have found their way into the wrong hands.

Deputy Speaker Ahmed Idris Wase however said that the Adhoc Committee already set up by the House should be allowed to carry out the criminal aspect of the investigation while the House Committee on Public Account should be allowed to investigate the where about of the arms in accordance with its constitutional mandate.

Wase, who said there were lots of information that he is keeping to himself, said the issue of missing arms may not be limited to the Police alone.