By Augustine Ehikioya
Towards reducing crimes and criminality, the Delta State Police Command has urged residents to surrender any illegal firearm in their possession.
It also disclosed that no sanction will be meted out to anyone that obeys the directive.
This was contained in a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, Delta State Command, DSP Edafe Bright, and made available to Security Watch Africa (SWA).
It said “As part of efforts to tame the proliferation of firearms and in line with the directive of the Inspector General of Police, IGP Olukayode Egbetokun, PhD, NPM, the Delta State Police Command calls on members of the public who have illegal and prohibited firearms in their possession to render such firearms to any nearby Police Station, Area Command or the State Headquarters.”
The statement added “The Commissioner of Police Delta State, CP Wale Abass assures all individuals involved in the wrongful possession of arms and light weapons that a wilful submission of such illegally possessed weapons to police will attract “NO SANCTION”.
“This is aimed at reducing the number of guns in circulation across the State, and also to stop firearms from getting into the wrong hands and being used by offenders to commit crimes on our streets or anywhere else in the country, hence keeping the State safe for all.”
The CP, it said, stated emphatically that the command has commenced an exercise to mop up all illegal and prohibited firearms in circulation across the State; noting that “those who take advantage of this opportunity will not face any sanction, arrest, or harassment.”
He however warned that perpetrators who refuse to render their arms will not be spared and will be made to face the full wrath of the law when caught.
“Hence anyone found in possession of a firearm of any type – be it a pistol, rifle, air weapon, or imitation (i.e. locally made guns, dummy guns, etc), shall be arrested and prosecuted for unlawful possession of firearm,” it stated
CP Wale Abass urged the residents to report all suspicious firearms-related activities to their local police stations.
“They can also report through the Police Public Relations Office for prompt response and action while assuring that the identities of informants will be treated with utmost confidentiality.
The statement released Dedicated Lines: as follows 08036684974; 08125958005; 09053872287 (CONTROL ROOM) 09155570007; 09155570008 (PPRO OFFICE)