The Inspector-General of Police, Nigeria, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu has instructed Commissioners of Police across the nation to identify, isolate, disarm, arrest and prosecute any citizen or group of citizens in possession of prohibited firearms.
The head of the Nigerian police in a statement said the order was given to decrease the number of illegal weapons in people’s possession, ahead of the Edo State and Ondo State elections scheduled to hold on 19th September and 10th October respectively.
The statement signed by Force Public Relations Officer, Deputy Commissioner of Police Frank Mba, highlighted that the order was imminent to subdue the acts of political thuggery and other criminal activities across the nation.
Part of the statement reads: “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.
Mr. Mba also read that Commissioners of Police across the Federation have also been directed to meet with immediately all vigilante groups and quasi security outfits in their states to ensure that their activities conform with the existing laws guiding their establishment and operations.
He said: “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 a trend to national security”.
The statement reflected an appeal from the IGP to citizens to harmonize with the Police Force to enforce the order since it aims at ensuring peace and safety.
In his words, Mr. Frank said: “The IGP enjoins citizens to cooperate with the Police in the enforcement of this order as it is aimed at ensuring the safety of lives and property in the country”.
The IGP, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari on 15 January 2019 replacing Kpotun Idris (rtd) of Niger State.
Before he was appointed Inspector General of Police, he was an Assistant Inspector-General of Police in Benin City, Edo State, and was responsible for the overall management and operations of the NPF Zone 5, comprising Bayelsa, Delta and Edo State Police commands. – Wikipedia