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IGP Orders Arms Licensing Review, Warns Owners Of Illegal Weapons

He also issued a warning to those in possession of arms and light weapons without authorisation.


A file photo of rifles recovered by the police.

 

The acting Inspector-General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, has set up a committee to review the Force’s firearms licensing and regulations.

According to a statement Monday by the Force spokesman, Muyiwa Adejobi, the IGP mandated the committee to carry out the review in line with the Firearms Act and other extant laws.

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He also issued a warning to those in possession of arms and light weapons without authorisation, directing state commissioners of police and supervising assistant inspectors-general of police to clamp down on illegal fabrication, sale, possession, and use of prohibited firearms.

“Similarly, in furtherance of his zeal to tackle all forms of insecurity in the country, the IGP has issued a stern warning to all individuals involved in the wrongful possession of arms and light weapons,” the statement reads.

“He reiterated that illegal proliferation of firearms and light weapons poses a significant threat to the peace and stability of our nation.

“In light of this, the Nigeria Police Force is resolutely determined to combat the illegal fabrication, sales, possession and use of arms.

“The force emphasised that possession of firearms without the appropriate license is not only a violation of the law but also a grave danger to society.”

The IGP urged Nigerians to report suspicious activities related to firearms at police stations.