In Anambra state, guns are literally everywhere but no one cares to know the sources. Criminals have easy access to both the local and the sophisticated weapons of death in the black markets while vigilante groups in communities wield guns procured mainly from local manufacturers. On September 20, 2012, one Paul Odunze and a driver were arrested by the police in a compound at Umudioka in Dunukofia local governmemt area while loading 100 bags of ammunition and 27 guns into a vehicle. On interrogation, Odunze confessed that the guns comprising 15 Pump Action and 12 double-barrel guns were to be sold to local vigilante groups and that he had been in the business for a long time.
During the same period, a notorious armed robber and kidnap kingpin, Olisa Ifedike a.k.a Ofeakwu, was arrested. In the course of a house search, a cache of arms and ammunition were discovered. They included 27 AK47 rifles, one K2 rifle, two 06 rifles, one General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG), one Rocket launcher, six Pump Action rifles, three Dane guns, one Beretta pistol and 15 grenades. Also recovered were 12,800 rounds of AK47 live ammunition, 530 rounds of LAR ammunition, 95 rounds of GPMG live ammunition, 1000 rounds of K2 live ammunition and 143 magazines totaling 14,425 rounds.
Also, some communities in the state have been involved in communal clashes that led to free usage of arms and ammunition. Communities like Aguleri-Umuleri, Nkerehi and Umuchukwu as well as Ogbunka and Owerre Ezukala had issues at one time or the other where guns were procured and used at will. Though there is no open market where guns are purchased, Sunday Sun can authoritatively reveal that gun trade is a booming business in the state.
Apart from a popular licensed firearms dealer in Okija in Ihiala local government area, arms are imported and sold freely in various markets in Onitsha.