Licences for new firearms put on hold … As FG moves to check violence and crime in the country

The Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the suspension of the issuance of new firearms licenses throughout the country.
He also ordered the seizure of illegal firearms in private hands in the country.
In a statement last Monday, the spokesman of the Force, ACP Frank Mba advised all those in possession of illegal arms to voluntarily surrender them to the police in their neighbourhoods.
According to the IG, the exercise is targeted at retrieving all illegally acquired weapons in circulation and also halt the proliferation of weapons in the country.
The police boss sounded it loud and clear that severe consequences await defaulters.
The IG explained that intelligence reports revealed that there were a huge quantity of arms in unlawful possession of some Nigerians and condemned what he described as “the desperation of some citizens to acquire more arms as well as the continued proliferation of illicit weapons in the country”.
He  called on “all Nigerians currently in unlawful possession of such weapons to voluntarily return them to the Police Station or public armoury nearest to them”.
It will be recalled that the Force last year recovered a total of 9,567 illegal firearms and 26,994 ammunition in possession of suspected militants, bandits, herdsmen, farmers, vigilante groups and individuals in the country.
The police stated that the confiscated firearms were prohibited under chapter F28 Fire Arms Act 2004.
As the 2019 general election draws very close, the exercise will help to ensure a credible and violence free poll.  It will also help in reducing crime in the society as well as restoring law and order.
Meanwhile some Nigerians interviewed insist that efforts should be made to disarm herdsmen ravaging the central part of Nigeria during the exercise.

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