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The Borno state police command has on Thursday issued 21 day ultimatum to Borno Residents to surrender all sorts of illegal firearms in their possession or face prosecution thereafter.
Mr Damian Chukwu, the Borno Commissioner of police gave the ultimatum while holding monthly briefing with the various Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers before newsmen at the police headquarters in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.
Mr Chukwu said the ultimatum became necessary following the realization that proliferation of firearms , coupled with drug trafficking and the porousness of Borno state boarders with Niger, Chad and Cameroon Republic among other factors that are responsible for the increasing violent crimes and criminality.
” For the above reasons , the Inspection General Of Police , Ibrahim Idris has directed that a Taskforce be created in the command to check the menace . The Taskforce is saddled with the responsibilities to curb theb proliferation of illegal arms and ammunition.
” Let me make it clear that, while Dane guns may be possessed without approval if any known authorithy, single barrel and double barrel short guns require licencing by the police to legalize.their possession,” the CP said.
He noted that while the above mentioned firearms may only be possessed by physically fit and proper persons , it is however for gaming purposes and now that the society is changing , bearers of such firearms use them for Security purposes.
” Please note that anybody found using firearms other than those mentioned above are viewed as breachers of the laws of the land and therefore are liable to arrest and prosecution in the law court.
” Consequently, persons having pump Action shall consider themselves bearing illegal firearms. They are therefore advised to surrender to the nearest police station, the police headquarters and other relevant authorities . In line with the directives of the IGP , they are given grace of 21 days to comply , thereafter , persons found with such arms will be confiscated and will also be dealt with in accordance with the laws of the land.,” Chukwu further said.
He therefore called on members of the public to cooperate with the police to ensure that this all important directives of the IGP is complied with without rancour.
” The IGP means well, the Federal government is aware of our curcumstances and that is why unlicenced arms must not be in circulation,” he said.
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