Bayelsa: Police inaugurate task force to mop up illegal firearms
Bayelsa. Feb. 24, 2018 (AltAfrika)-The police in Bayelsa State have declared war on persons in possession of unlawful firearms with the setting up of a crack team to mop up illegal weapons among other firearms-related infractions in the state.
The development is sequel to the concerns expressed by the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, over unlawful possession of firearms and proliferation of light and illegal weapons in the country by violent criminals and criminal gangs who have continued to kill and main innocent citizens.
To this end, the Commissioner of Police, Bayelsa State Command, Mr. Don Awunah, on Friday set up a task force on illegal firearms headed by Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations.
He said the task force is saddled with the responsibility of mopping up illegal firearms in the state as well as other firearms-related infractions.
Awunah said the command would not hesitate to deal decisively within the ambit of the law, persons, group of persons, vigilantes, neighbourhood watch groups and community vanguards arrested for possession of illegal weapons.
However, he said persons or group of persons who directly or indirectly were in possession of illegal firearms or ownership of any weapon of any nature or calibre were in their own interest advised to surrender such arms to the nearest Police station within 21 days.
He also said that the command would henceforth treat and prosecute persons arrested for unlawful possession of firearms and trafficking in illegal weapons as terrorists, armed robbers, kidnappers and cult members.
The CP said, “The Command will immediately embark on aggressive crack down on violent criminals throughout the state.
“The command calls on all the peace-loving people of Bayelsa State to cooperate and assist the Police in ensuring that peace, security and community harmony reign supreme in the state.”