By Hassan Zaggi
The Nigeria Police Force has sets up a Joint Task Enforcement Team to ensure the implementation of the order given to Command Police Commissioners to mop up all illegal arms ammunitions in their commands.
In a statement by the Force Spokesman, Moshood Jimoh, the enforcement team is domicile at the Force Headquarters, a�?while the Commissioners of Police (CPs) and the Assistant Inspectors General (AIGs) of Police in the States and Zonal Commands respectively, have been mandated to immediately set-up similar Police Joint Task Enforcement Teams in their States and Zones to commence the mop-up, seizure and recovery of all illegal and prohibited firearms and ammunition from wrong hands, suspected Militias, militants, criminal/unlawful gangs.
a�?The operation will equally include cordon and search and raid, seizure from any premises, hideouts, dwelling houses or buildings or sites (completed or under construction) or any other location where these illegal/prohibited firearms are kept or on reasonable suspicion are believed to be kept or being used.a�?
The categories of the prohibited/illegal firearms and ammunition, specified under Chapter F.28 LFN 2004 Fire Arms Act, according to the statement include artillery, apparatus for the discharge of any explosives of gas diffusing projectile, rocket weapons, bombs and Grenades, Machine-Guns and Machine-Pistols, Military rifles, namely; those of calibers 7.62mm, 9mm, .300 inches, revolvers and Pistols whether rifled or unrifled (including flint-lock pistols and cap pistols), firearms such as Pump action gun of all categories and any other firearms/lethal weapons fabricated to kill.
a�?Furthermore, members of the general public, individuals and groups such as Vigilantes and neighbourhood watch group in any of the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) including the 774 local government areas of the federation or town unions, hunters and watch night men or any group or association under any capacity or guise other than statutory security agencies recognized and gazetted by the Federal Government of Nigeria to bear firearms of specified category; who are currently possessing and using prohibited/illegal firearms such as Pump action gun of all categories and the likes for whatsoever purpose are hereby warned and given 21 days to surrender them to the Commissioner of Police in the State they are domiciled.