BY ABDULLAHI ISAH, MAIDUGURI
The Borno state Police Command has warned those in possession of illegal Fire arms to return them to the police within 21 days after which they will be forced to face the full wrath of the law.
The Borno state commissioner of Police, Mr. Damian Chukwu, who gave the advise during a monthly conference on Thursday said “the recent violent crisis across the country were as a result of proliferation of arms, hence the directive of the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris that all those in possession of illegal firearms should return it to the Police”.
CP Chukwu said most of the herdsmen, famers clashes and other violent crimes were carried out with illegal arms such as AK 47 and other sophisticated arms, adding that no one is allowed to carry them .
“In line with the IGP’s directive, I hereby give 21 days ultimatum to all those in possession of illegal arms to return them to the Police headquarters, Area commands, Divisional Police stations and other police outfits,” the CP added.
He said that a task force headed by the Deputy Commissioner of Police has been constituted to ensure the enforcement of the directive of the IGP and advised those in possession of the said illegal arms to return them because if they were caught, the arms will be confiscated and the offenders prosecuted.
The CP said those arms permitted to be possessed are double barrel, single barrel and Dane guns, while AK 47, GPMG, Pump action, G3 among other weapons remains prohibited.
On the recent directive of President Muhammadu Buhari that the Police and NSCDC should be deployed to schools in the North East, the CP assured the parents that what happened in Dapchi will not happen in Borno state by the grace of God, stressing that necessary measures have been put in place to ensure that schools are kept safe.
He also advised school Principals, teachers, students and other stake holders to always be security conscious and alert, pointing out that they should also deploy dogs to the schools so that it will help them to be on alert, as the dogs bark whenever there is strange movement.
Damian Chukwu also called on states and local governments to organize security workshops for commissioners of education, education secretaries, teachers, students, and the community on how to be security conscious.
“If better equipped, the Police is supposed to be leading in the fight against Boko Haram insurgency, as insurgency is an internal security issue and the military will be left with its mandate of defending the nation from external aggression,” the CP added.
He therefore advised the general public to always give useful information to security agencies in their quest to wipe out insurgency and other criminality in the state and country at large.