The Inspector General of Police (IG), Mr. Ibrahim Idris on Monday extended till 28 of this month, its ongoing mop up of fire arms, weapons and other locally fabricated lethal devices illegally acquired by individuals or groups.
The IG had on February 21st directed the 36 States Commissioners of Police including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), and their Supervising Assistant Inspectors General of Police of the Twelve Zonal Commands to commence the mop up nationwide.
The operation which is still ongoing according to Police, is aimed at the full enforcement of the Firearms Act, mopping-up and recovery of all prohibited firearms and illegally acquired weapons to enable the Force deal decisively with herders and farmers clashes, kidnappings, armed robbery, cattle rustling, militancy and terrorism.
Recalled that the Police boss had directed them to disarm and recover prohibited firearms, ammunition and weapons in the possession of all suspected militias, bandits, armed herdsmen and farmers, vigilante groups neighbourhood watch and other groups or Individual(s) or bodies bearing prohibited firearms and ammunition, illegal weapons and lethal devices whether locally fabricated, modified or otherwise fashioned to kill or that can cause harm or injury to persons or that can cause panic, fear, apprehension, security breach, breach of peace or that can cause threat to law and order anywhere in the country.
According to him, this is a result of impressive compliance by Nigerians across the country and to grant public request for an extension on the mop up.
The disclosure was made in a statement signed by the Force PRO, ACP Jimoh Moshood, said consequently, on expiration of the 21 days ultimatum given by the Force for voluntary return of all prohibited firearms in the hands of members of the General Public, individuals and groups such as Vigilantes and neighbourhood watch group nationwide.