IGP sets up Committee to Review Firearms Licencing


The Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Kayode Adeolu Egbetoku, has set up an ad hoc committee to review firearms licensing and regulations by the Nigeria Police Force in line with the Firearms Act and other extant laws for public safety and general security in the country.

IGP sets up committee to review firearms licencing

Also, the acting IGP has charged 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.

He urged Nigerians to report suspicious activities related to firearms to the nearest police divisions or via the various NPF social media platforms for prompt response.

Egbetoku, who announced the establishment of the firearms review committee in a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, on Monday, said the committee's mandate encompass a thorough assessment of current firearms licensing procedures and regulations, with the aim of enhancing their effectiveness, transparency, and accountability.

He promised that the police will engage with relevant stakeholders, including legal experts, civil society organizations, and experts in the field, to ensure a holistic and well-informed review.

The IGP warned 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 the nation.

He said the force is determined to combat the illegal fabrication, sales, possession and use of arms emphasizing that possessing firearms without the appropriate licenses and permits is not only a violation of the law but also a grave danger to society.

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