ABUJA, Nigeria – Acting Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Kayode Egbetokun, announced plans to establish an ad hoc committee focused on a comprehensive review of firearms licensing and regulations within the Nigeria Police Force.
The initiative aims to enhance public safety and security in line with the Firearms Act and other existing laws.
The committee’s scope will include meticulously examining existing firearms licensing procedures to improve their effectiveness, transparency, and accountability.
ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the Force Public Relations Officer, revealed on Monday, September 11, 2023, that the committee will collaborate with relevant stakeholders like legal experts, civil society organizations, and field experts for an all-inclusive and well-informed review.
Additionally, IGP Egbetokun issued a stringent warning against the illegal possession and proliferation of firearms, emphasizing that such activities pose a considerable risk to the nation’s peace and stability.
“In light of the critical role firearms play in public safety, we are unwavering in our resolve to clamp down on the illegal fabrication, sales, possession, and use of arms. Violating these laws puts individuals and society at grave risk,” said Egbetokun.
The top police official has also directed State Commissioners of Police, Assistant Inspectors-General in charge of Zonal Commands, and tactical squads to intensify efforts in curtailing illegal arms in the country.
They have been tasked with initiating a nationwide clampdown on the illicit manufacturing, sale, possession, and use of prohibited firearms.
Nigerians have been encouraged to report suspicious firearms-related activities to local police divisions or through the Nigeria Police Force’s social media platforms for immediate action.
Ogunjobi reassured the public that the police would spare no effort in apprehending and prosecuting offenders.
“We are determined to enforce the law to its full extent, ensuring the safety and security of all Nigerians,” he added.
This move by the Nigeria Police Force comes when the country faces various security challenges, including kidnappings, insurgency, and banditry.
It represents a step forward in ensuring a holistic approach to public safety and restoring citizens’ confidence in law enforcement agencies.