Abuja - The police have recovered a large cache of arms from
unauthorised individuals following the recent order of the Inspector-General of
Police, Mr Suleiman Abba.
The Force spokesman, Mr Emmanuel Ojukwu, disclosed this in
an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday.
He said that the arms were recovered from some states across
Ojukwu, who did not name the states, said:
"I can tell you authoritatively that in some states,
the police have recovered a large cache of arms; some people have returned the
arms they are holding to the police.
"I know that Nigerians know it is an offence to be
unlawfully in possession of arms, it is a felony, a very serious offence.
"We do not want to demonise any state.
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"Nigerians are law abiding, they are respecting the
law and police commands all over the federation are effecting the order given
by the I-G."
On whether persons from whom the arms were recovered would
be prosecuted, Ojukwu explained that the force would investigate the
circumstances under which they got them to know what step to take.
"If somebody voluntarily returns his arm, the police
have a process. We appeal to people to return the arms because the arms should
not be in the hands of non-state actors.
"We will investigate the circumstances under which they
got the arms; if we find out that it is a circumstance under which we could
charge them, we will do so.
"It is not in everything that you just use the sledge
hammer and begin to effect arrest.
"We are asking Nigerians to be law abiding, to value
life and where they found out that they have made mistake, they should retrace
their step," he said.
On the alleged ban on political rallies in Okrika by the
community, Ojukwu stressed that the country's constitution gives all political
actors the right to canvass for votes everywhere.
"I do not believe that there was such an order given by
the community. They do not have such right under the law.
"I know that whoever wants to get the vote of the
people of Okrika or any part of Nigeria is at liberty to approach the
"No court order bars any political party or politicians
from contesting or asking for votes from Okrika or any part of Nigeria.
"Once there is no such order, no person has such power
to stop a political party or a candidate from seeking for votes from any part
of this country," he said.