The Acting Inspector-General of Police, Olukayode Egbetokun, has announced the formation of a temporary committee. This committee’s primary responsibility is to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of firearms licensing and regulations within the Nigeria Police Force.
This evaluation will be carried out in accordance with the Firearms Act and other existing laws, with the aim of enhancing public safety and overall security.
The police high command disclosed on Monday that the committee’s scope of work will include a thorough examination of the current procedures and regulations governing firearms licensing. This is intended to improve their efficiency, transparency, and accountability.
Furthermore, the Force Headquarters stated that the police will collaborate with relevant stakeholders, such as legal experts, civil society organizations, and field experts, to ensure a thorough and well-informed review.
This information was conveyed in an official communication by the Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, on Monday.
Adejobi said, “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 poses a significant threat to the peace and stability of our nation.
“In light of this, the Nigeria Police Force 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. He assured that the Nigeria Police Force will spare no effort in pursuing and prosecuting those engaged in these illegal activities to the full extent of the law.
“The Inspector General of Police has charged all state Commissioners of Police 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.
“He equally urged all Nigerians to report suspicious activities related to firearms to their local police divisions or via the various NPF social media platforms for prompt response.”
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