IG stops new firearm licences, orders seizure of illegal arms

The  Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the  seizure  of illegal  firearms in  the country.

He also suspended the issuance of new  firearm licences throughout the country.

Force spokesman, ACP Frank Mba, said in a statement  on Monday  the IG  told  those in  possession of illegal arms to voluntarily surrender them to the police   in their neighbourhoods.

Adamu stated that the exercise was targeted at retrieving all illegally-acquired weapons in circulation and halt the proliferation of weapons as well as restoring law and order.

He said there would be dire consequences for defaulters.

The statement read, “Consequent upon intelligence indicating the presence of  a huge quantity of arms in unlawful possession of some Nigerians, the desperation of some citizens to acquire more arms, and the continued proliferation of illicit weapons in the country, the acting IG has called on all Nigerians currently in unlawful possession of such weapons to  voluntary return  them to the police station or public armoury nearest to them.”

The force last year recovered a total of 9,657 illegal firearms and 2,6 994 ammunition in possession of suspected militias, bandits, herdsmen, farmers, vigilante groups and individuals in the country.

The police  said 6, 527 and 3, 130 illegal firearms were recovered in the first and second phases  of the exercise while 14, 809 and 12, 185 ammunition were also recovered during the period.
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