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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, Mohammed Adamu has ordered Commissioners of Police in the thirty-six States and (FCT) to immediately initiate appropriate actions to identify, isolate, disarm, arrest and prosecute any individuals or groups in possession of prohibited firearms.
Force public relations officer, Frank Mba in a statement says 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.
The IGP further directs Commissioners of Police 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 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.