IG: Possessing Firearms Without Licence Threat to National Security

IG: Possessing Firearms Without Licence Threat to National Security


•Orders CPs, AIGs to clampdown on illegal fabrication, sale, arms possession

Kingsley Nwezeh in Abuja

The Inspector-General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, yesterday, described as threat to national security, possession of firearms without licence.

He, however, announced the establishment of an ad hoc committee tasked with the comprehensive review of firearms licensing and regulations by the Nigeria Police in line with the Firearms Act and other extant laws, in the interest of public safety and general security.

The IG, has also ordered all commissioners of police in the 36 States and FCT and supervising Assistant Inspectors-General of Police in charge of Zonal Commands, and tactical squads to commence a total clampdown on the illegal fabrication, sale, possession, and use of prohibited firearms in the country.

A statement by Force Headquarters stated that the committee’s mandate wouldencompass “a thorough assessment of current firearms licensing procedures and regulations, with the aim of enhancing their effectiveness, transparency, and accountability.”

It said the police would engage with relevant stakeholders, including legal experts, civil society organisations and experts in the field to ensure a holistic and well-informed review.

Similarly, in furtherance of his zeal to tackle all forms of insecurity in the country, the IG has issued a stern warning to all individuals involved in the wrongful possession of arms and light weapons, reiterating that illegal proliferation of firearms and light weapons posed a significant threat to the peace and stability of our nation.

“In light of this, the Nigeria Police is resolutely determined to combat the illegal fabrication, sales, possession and use of arms emphasising that possessing firearms without the appropriate licenses and permits is not only a violation of the law but also a grave danger to society,” it said.

The statement signed by the spokesman of the Nigerian Police and Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Olumuyiwa Adejobi, assured the people that the police would spare no effort in pursuing and prosecuting those engaged in  illegal activities to the full extent of the law.

The IG, who ordered a total clampdown on the illegal fabrication, sale, possession, and use of prohibited firearms in the country, equally urged all Nigerians to report suspicious activities related to firearms to their local police divisions or the various NPF social media platforms for prompt response.

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