Abuja - The Inspector-General of Police (IGP),
Solomon Arase, has directed Commissioners in State Commands and to activate
mechanisms for the mop-up of prohibited firearms within their areas of responsibility.
This follows concern over the proliferation and engagement
of prohibited firearms that threatens security in parts of the country.
The moves by police are part of initiatives aimed at ensuring
adequate protection of lives and property of the citizens.
Furthermore, the Inspector General of Police urges persons
in possession of non-prohibited firearms to immediately obtain or renew their
licenses before July, 2016 by following the process on the requisite web link
of the Nigeria Police Central Information Centre (NCIS).
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He emphasised that the intelligence and operational assets
of the Force will soon be deployed to fish out, arrest and bring to justice any
person who fails to voluntarily surrender prohibited firearms in his/her
possession or who fails to obtain/renew requisite licenses for non-prohibited
Such modalities include a reward system for informants whose
information shall lead to the location and recovery of such weapons and arrest
of the person in whose custody such illegal firearms are recovered.
The IGP called on all citizens to sustain their cooperation
with the Nigeria Police in the task of keeping the country safe while assuring
the Force will continue to diligently work towards eliminating any threat to
internal security and assures Nigerians of its commitment to their safety and
- CAJ News