DPOs,HODs and Operational Commanders to identify, disarm, arrest and prosecute offenders
In compliance with IGP’s directives toward enforcing law and order in the state ,as well as efforts by the Police High Command to curb the proliferation of prohibited firearms in the state, the Commissioner of police OLUGBENGA ADEYANJU, fdc,has ordered Divisional police officers and their supervisory Area Commanders to immediately initiate appropriate actions to identify, disarm, arrest and prosecute any person(s) or group(s) in possession of prohibited firearms.
The directive become necessary against the backdrop of the deliberate arming and movement of criminal elements across the state. In addition, the directive is targeted at addressing the proliferation and unlawful possession of prohibited firearms in the state which is contrary to the provisions of Chapter F.28 LFN 2004 of the Firearms Act.
In a similar vein, all DPOs have been directed to immediately convene an enlightenment meeting of all vigilante groups and Quasi security outfits across the state in order to ensure that their activities are in conformity with the extant laws guiding their establishment and operations.
The CP, 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.
The CP 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 state.