Mohammed Adamu, inspector-general of the police (IGP), has requested a restriction on those carrying arms illegally in the country, Daily Times gathered. Ahead of the Edo and Ondo elections, slated for September 19 and October 10 individually, some political rallies have been characterised by rascality.
There is increased tension in Edo over assaults by presumed political hooligans.
The Center for Democracy and Development had raised the alert over the bringing in of hooligans and accumulating of arms.
In an announcement on Sunday, Adamu coordinated the officials of police in the 36 states and the government capital region to arraign any individual or group possessing prohibited firearms.
“As part of preparations toward the forthcoming gubernatorial elections in Edo and Ondo States, as well as efforts by the Police High Command to curb the proliferation of prohibited firearms in the country, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni has ordered Commissioners of Police in the thirty-six States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to immediately initiate appropriate actions to identify, isolate, disarm, arrest and prosecute any individual(s) or group(s) in possession of prohibited firearms,” the statement read.
“In a comparable vein, Commissioners of Police in all the States of the Federation and the FCT have been coordinated to orientate all vigilante groups and semi security outfits spread the nation over the issue so as to guarantee that their exercises are in similarity with the laws directing their foundation and activities.
“The IGP observed that several groups – vigilantes, quasi-states and regional security outfits under different platforms are in possession of prohibited guns and weapons contrary to the Firearms Act, takes note of that the pattern if unchecked, will present a genuine danger to national security.
The IGP charges residents to help out the Police in the implementation of this request as it is planned for guaranteeing wellbeing of lives and property in the nation.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had taken steps to stop the elections in Edo and Ondo if violence erupts.