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Police set up committee to mop up illegal arms in Enugu


A picture shows the emblem of the Nigerian Police on the main gate at Rivers State Police headquaters in Port Harcourt, southern Nigeria, on February 15. 2019. (Photo by Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP)

Enugu State police command has inaugurated an eight-man committee to oversee the mop-up of illegal arms and ammunition in the state.

The command had last Sunday issued a three-day ultimatum for people in possession of unlicensed and authorised firearms to surrender them to the command. It was part of the decision reached at a recent emergency joint security meeting in the state.

Inaugurating the committee yesterday at the police headquarters in Enugu, the Commissioner of Police, Sulaiman Balarabe, said the command would deal decisively with anyone found in possession of any unauthorised firearm.


“Since the expiration of the three days of grace given by the command, it will now diligently prosecute anyone found with illegal and unauthorised arms and ammunition in line with the relevant section of the law.

“The command, working in partnership with sister security agencies and relevant stakeholders, will definitely fish out those within the category mentioned above, as we are coming for them,’’ Balarabe said.

He said the committee would be headed by the Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) in charge of Operations, Haruna Alaba, while the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Ebere Amaraizu, would serve as the secretary.

Responding, Alaba assured the commissioner and the entire command that the committee would discharge its mandate with dispatch.
“The committee is made up of serious-minded members and we will ensure that we deliver on our mandate and rid the state of gun-runners and criminals,’’ he said.

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