By Ajogwu Jerry
Delta Police Commissioner Mr. Muhammed Mustafa said henceforth armed herdsmen will be prosecuted as robbers and kidnappers.
The CP issued the warning while speaking to newsmen in Asaba, the Delta State capital.
He said the command had stepped up measures to recover illegal arms in the possession of herdsmen.
According to him:
“We have set up a task force led by Assistant Commissioner of Police Peter Wagbara.
“We have real herdsmen, who are law-abiding, but any herdsman seen carrying arms should be taken as a criminal. When arrested, they will be prosecuted as a robber or kidnapper.”
A 21-day ultimatum which starts from March 1 had been given to herdsmen to surrender illegal arms to the command through the area commanders.
Mustapha further advised members of vigilance groups, neighbourhood watch, town unions, hunters, night guards to submit all illegal arms in their possession.
Mustafa said at the expiration of the ultimatum, anyone found in possession of illegal arms would be arrested, investigated and prosecuted.