By Mary BASSEY, Senior Investigator Reporter, Lagos.
APPARENTLY concerned by the exacerbating rate of insecurity in the country and the proliferation of small and light weapons in wrong hands, the Inspector-General of Police IGP Mohammed Adamu has issued directives to Commands Commissioners of Police nationwide to ensure that such weapons were moped up. Aside mopping up the illegal arms, sources said the Police boss also directed his Commissioners of Police to prosecute persons on whose possession such prohibitive weapons were recovered. The Force public relations officer, DCP Frank Mba in a statement made available to CrimeWorld said the order became necessary following widespread proliferations of small and light weapons in wrong hands across the nation especial, spirited calls from concerned citizens for the IGP to beams his searchlight on the forthcoming gubernatorial elections scheduled to take place in Edo State. The statement reads: “As part of preparations toward the forthcoming gubernatorial elections in Edo and Ondo States, as well as efforts by the Police High Command to curb the proliferation of prohibited firearms in the country, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, has ordered Commissioners of Police in the thirty-six States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory FCT to immediately initiate appropriate actions to identify, isolate, disarm, arrest and prosecute any individual(s) or group(s) in possession of prohibited firearms. The directive has become necessary against the backdrop of the deliberate arming and movement of political thugs and other criminal elements across the country. In addition, the directive is targeted at addressing the proliferation and unlawful possession of prohibited firearms in the country which is contrary to the provisions of Chapter F.28 LFN 2004 of the Firearms Act. In a similar vein, Commissioners of Police in all the States of the Federation and the FCT have been directed to immediately convene an enlightenment meeting of all vigilante groups and quasi security outfits spread across the country in order to ensure that their activities are in conformity with the extant laws guiding their establishment and operations. The IGP, while observing that several civil groups – vigilantes, quasi states and regional security outfits under various guises are arming themselves with prohibited firearms and weapons in contravention of the provisions of the Firearms Act, notes that the trend if unchecked, will pose serious threat to national security. The IGP enjoins citizens to cooperate with the Police in the enforcement of this order as it is aimed at ensuring safety of lives and property in the country.”
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