Aftermath of the impressive compliance by Nigerians across the country for the return of prohibited weapons to the police, the IGP, Ibrahim Idris has ordered the extension of ultimatum given for such returns by another 21 days.
The new date of submission which takes effect from Monday 9th April 2018 is now 30th April 2018.
The announcement of the new date came Just as the police task force team paraded 425 prohibited and lethal weapons seized by the from from individuals and groups.
A statement by Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Jimoh Moshood said the new date was granted following requests by the general public for an extension particularly in some states of the federation.
It would be recalled that IGP Idris on 21st February, 2018 directed the Commissioners of Police of all the State Commands of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja and their Supervising Assistant Inspectors General of Police of the Twelve Zonal Commands in the Country; to immediately commence simultaneously, the disarmament and recovery of prohibited firearms, ammunition and weapons in the possession of individuals and groups across the country.
They include all suspected Militias, Bandits, Armed Herdsmen and Farmers, Vigilante groups, Neighborhood watch and other groups or Individual(s) or Bodies bearing prohibited firearms and ammunition, illegal weapons and lethal devices whether locally fabricated, modified or otherwise fashioned to kill or that can cause harm or injury to persons or that can cause panic, fear, apprehension, security breach, breach of Peace or that can cause threat to law and order anywhere in the Country.
Consequently, on expiration of the 21 days ultimatum given by the Force for voluntary return of all prohibited firearms in the hands of members of the General Public, individuals and groups such as Vigilantes and neighborhood watch group in any of the 36 States and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) including the 774 Local Government Areas of the Federation or Town Unions, Hunters and Watch night men or any group or association under any capacity or guise other than statutory Security Agencies recognized and gazetted by the Federal Government of Nigeria to bear firearms of specified category.
The Police Joint Task Enforcement Team in compliance with IGP’s directives and working on actionable intelligence, swung into actions and embarked on Mop-up, Seizure and Recovery of all illegal and prohibited firearms and ammunition from wrong hands, suspected Militias, Militants, Criminal/Unlawful Gangs through search, raid and seizure from identified premises, hideouts, dwelling houses, buildings and sites where these illegal/prohibited firearms were kept based on reasonable suspicion and intelligence and recovered the following prohibited/illegal firearms and ammunition.
Recoveries of prohibited firearms made by the Task Force include 2 GPMG (General Purpose Machine Guns), 114 AK47 Rifles, 8 SMG Rifles, 301 other Assorted Guns, making a total of 425 prohibited weapons.
According to the statement, the operation which is still ongoing among other purposes, is aimed at the full enforcement of the Firearms Act, mopping-up and recovery of all prohibited firearms and illegally acquired weapons and will enable the Nigeria Police Force deal decisively with Herders and Farmers Clashes, Kidnappings, Armed Robbery, Cattle Rustling, Militancy and Terrorism etc.
“While the Mop-up Operations is still ongoing, the Nigeria Police Force therefore implores Members of the Public who notice anyone bearing, possessing or in custody of any of the prohibited firearms in violation of the Firearms Act anywhere across the country to promptly report such violation to the Force Headquarters’ Police Joint Task Enforcement Team via the following contacts:
DIG Department of Operations: 08037025670
O/C IGP Monitoring Unit: 08032451594
O/C IGP Special Tactical Squad: 08036783383
O/C IGP Intelligence Response Team: 09098049333
They can also report such violations directly to the Commissioners of Police in various Commands across the country through their Phone Contacts, attached hereunder.
“The IGP has graciously extended the ultimatum for another 21 days with effect from Monday, 9th April, 2018 – 30th April, 2018. This is as a result of impressive compliance by Nigerians across commands in the Country and also to grant public request for an extension as recorded in some states of the federation.
“The renewed commitment of the Nigeria Police Force to guarantee protection of Lives and Property across the country remains unequivocal and unwavering.”
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