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PRESS RELEASE NATIONWIDE OPERATION TO CURB THE PROLIFERATION OF PROHIBITED FIREARMS AND ILLEGAL WEAPONS

  • TOTAL ENFORCEMENT OF THE FIREARM ACT BANNING THE POSSESSION AND USE OF ILLEGAL AND PROHIBITED FIREARMS, AMMUNITION, WEAPONS AND DEVICES LOCALLY FABRICATED OR MODIFIED THAT CAN CAUSE DEATH OR INJURY OF PERSON(S)

 

 

  • INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE ORDERS THE COMMENCEMENT OF MOPPING UP, SEIZURE AND RECOVERY FROM WRONG HANDS; PROHIBITED AND OTHER ILLEGAL FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION, WEAPONS AND DEVICES LOCALLY FABRICATED OR MODIFIED THAT CAN CAUSE DEATH OR INJURY OF PERSON(S)THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY

 

       The Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris NPM, mni, on 21st February, 2018 directed the Commissioners of Police of all the State Commands of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja and their Supervising Assistant Inspectors General of Police of the Twelve Zonal Commands in the Country; to immediately commence simultaneously throughout the Country, the disarmament and recovery of prohibited firearms, ammunition and weapons in the possession of all suspected Militias, Bandits, vigilante groups, Neighbourhood watch and other groups or Individual(s) or Bodies bearing prohibited firearms and ammunition, illegal weapons and lethal devices whether locally fabricated, modified or otherwise fashioned to kill or that can cause harm or injury to persons or that can cause panic, fear, apprehension, security breach, breach of Peace or that can cause threat to law and order anywhere in the Country.

 

  1. Below are the categories of the prohibited/illegal firearms and ammunition, specified under Chapter F.28 LFN 2004 Fire Arms Act:

Prohibited Firearms

  1.        Artillery
  2.        Apparatus for the discharge of any explosives of gas diffusing projectile.

              iii.       Rocket weapons

  1.        Bombs and Grenades
  2.        Machine-Guns and Machine-Pistols
  3.        Military rifles, namely; those of calibers 7.62mm, 9mm, .300 inches

            vii.       Revolvers and Pistols whether rifled or unrifled (including flint-lock pistols and cap pistols).

          viii.       Firearms such as Pump action gun of all categories

  1.        Any other firearms/lethal weapons fabricated to kill  
  2. To this end, A Police Joint Task Enforcement Team has been set up at the Force Headquarters by the Inspector General of Police, while the Commissioners of Police and the Assistant Inspectors General 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 handssuspected Militias, Militants, Criminal/Unlawful Gangs. 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.

 

  1. Furthermore, members of the General Public, individuals and groups such as Vigilantes and neighbourhood watch group in any of the Thirty Six (36) States and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) including the Seven Hundred and Seventy Four (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 Twenty One (21) days from today, 22nd  February, 2018 to surrender them to the Commissioner of Police in the State they are domiciled.     

 

  1. This Operation which among other purposes, is aimed at the full enforcement of the Firearms Act, mopping-up and recovery of all prohibited firearms and illegally acquired weapons will enable the Nigeria Police Force deal decisively with Herders and Farmers Clashes, Kidnappings, Armed Robbery, Cattle Rustling, Militancy and Terrorism.

 

  1. The Commissioners of Police in charge of State Commands are under strict instruction of the Inspector General of Police to enforce and carryout these directives in totality and liaise with relevant organs of Government in their respective States for proper enforcement of the Firearms Act. They have also been directed to convey a security stakeholders meeting immediately to sensitize and educate the members of the general public, stakeholders and other interest groups throughout the States of the Federation and the FCT on this operation.  

 

  1. Licensing – No license will be given or recognized in respect of prohibited firearms and ammunition except if granted by the President and Commander-In-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria upon the recommendation of the Inspector General of Police.    

 

  1. For avoidance of doubt, the Robbery and Firearms Act Cap R.11 LFN 2004 and Firearms Act Cap F.28 LFN 2004 are explicit on punishment for illegal possession of Firearms, offence and punishment for receiving, punishments for parties to offences under sections 1,2,3 or 4 of Cap R.11 and also the provisions for regulating the possession of and dealing in firearms and ammunitions including muzzle-loading firearms and for matters ancillary thereto (L.N. 32 of 1959) as cited under the Firearms Act.

 

  1. The Nigeria Police Force therefore implores concerned Citizens, General Public, States and Local Government Authorities to prevail on their vigilantes, neighbourhood watch, civil security outfits and watch night men and others attached to any organization including Public and Private Institutions in the Country to surrender within the time limit of 21days, all the prohibited firearms in their possession to the Police and be law abiding. Anyone found with prohibited firearms after the expiration of the21days will be arrested, investigated and prosecuted. The Police will not hesitate to apply the full weight of the Law on any individual or group under any guise whose conduct run contrary to the law of the land.

 

  1. Members of the Public who notice anyone bearing, possessing or in custody of any of the above mentioned prohibited firearms in paragraph two (2) in violation of the Firearms Act anywhere across the country are implored to promptly report such violation to the Force Headquarters’ Police Joint Task Enforcement Team via the following contacts:

 

DIG Department of Operations: 08037025670

O/C IGP Monitoring Unit: 08032451594

O/C IGP Special Tactical Squad: 08036783383

O/C IGP Intelligence Response Team: 09098049333

 

They can also report such violations directly to the Commissioners of Police in various Commands across the country through their Phone Contacts, attached hereunder.   

 

  1. The renewed commitment of the Nigeria Police Force to guarantee protection of Lives and Property across the country remains unequivocal and unwavering.

 

CSP JIMOH MOSHOOD

FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER

FORCE HEADQUARTERS

ABUJA

 

 

COMMISSIONERS OF POLICE IN STATE COMMANDS

S/NO.

COMMAND

RANK

NAME

PHONE NUMBERS

1

ABIA

CP

ANTHONY O. MICHAEL

08104089811

2

ADAMAWA

CP

ABDULLAHI Y. IBRAHIM

08035867378, 08076681887

3

AKWA IBOM

CP

ADEYEMI OGUNJEMILUSI

08073394040/ 08104908292

4

ANAMBRA

CP

GARBA BABA UMAR

08035557676

5

BAUCHI

CP

SANUSI N.  LEMU

08034995674

6

BAYELSA

CP

DON  AWUNAH

08033119397

7

BENUE

CP

FATAI OWOSENI

08033041393/ 08023265025

8

BORNO

CP

DAMIAN AGBA CHUKWU

07037080002

9

CROSS RIVER

CP

HAFIZ MOHAMMED INUWA

08033333378

10

DELTA

CP

MOHAMMED A. MUSTAPHA

08037672845

11

EBONYI

CP

TITUS.S LAMORDE

08033111397

12

EDO

CP

JOHNSON BABATUNDE .K

08033438900

13

EKITI

CP

ABDULLAHI  CHAFE

08032100890

14

ENUGU

CP

DANMALAM    M.

08033120179

15

FCT ABUJA

 CP

BELLO ABUBAKAR SADIQ

08033141343

16

GOMBE

 CP

SHINA TAIWO OLUKOLU

08038467592, 08056183075

17

IMO

 CP

CHRIS OKEY EZIKE

07065679050

18

JIGAWA

CP

BALA ZAMA. SENCHE

05052109321

19

KADUNA

CP

AUSTIN IWAR

08055236815

20

KANO

CP

RABI’U YUSUF

08037786246

21

KATSINA

CP

WAKILI MOHAMMED

08099778888

22

KEBBI

CP

IBRAHIM M. KABIRU

08033453679/08023453679

23

KOGI

CP

ALI AJI JANGA

08034855055

24

KWARA

CP

LAWAN  ADO

08037024320

25

LAGOS

CP

EDGAL IMOHIMI

08033040870

26

NASARAWA

CP

BELLO AHMED  PSC (+)

08035925554, 08056183075

27

NIGER

CP

DIBAL P. YAKADI

08037031808

28

OGUN

CP

AHMED ILIYASU

08035871700/08035874005

29

ONDO

CP

GBENGA ADEYANJU

09037917182

30

OSUN

CP

ADEOYE OLAFIMIHAN ADENIRAN

08033415589

31

OYO

CP

ABIODUN ADEKUNLE ODUDE

08035952070

32

PLATEAU

CP

UNDIE ADIE

08032905251

33

RIVERS

CP

ZAKI M. AHMED

07034135464

34

SOKOTO

CP

MURTALA U. MANI

08035905930

35

TARABA

CP

DAVID  AKINREMI

08034369303

36

YOBE

CP

SUNMOMONU A. ABDULMALIKI

08081764276

37

ZAMFARA

CP

KENNETH EBRIMSON

08033311119

Press Releases

PRESS BRIEFING PARADE OF PROHIBITED FIREARMS, ILLEGAL WEAPONS AND LOCALLY FABRICATED LETHAL DEVICES RECOVERED IN THE ONGOING MOP-UP OF FIREARMS/ILLEGAL WEAPONS BY THE FORCE HEADQUARTERS JOINT TASK ENFORCEMENT TEAM; BY THE FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER, ACP JIMOH MOSHOOD AT THE FORCE HEADQUARTERS, ABUJA ON 9TH APRIL, 2018.