Edo Command Urges Residents In The State To Submit Illegal Arms And Light Weapons In Their Possessions
The Edo State Police Command is following the directive of IGP Olukayode Egbetokun to eliminate illegal firearms from the country.
Therefore, the Command urges individuals possessing illicit and prohibited firearms to surrender them immediately to the nearest Police Station, Area Command, or State Headquarters. The public’s cooperation in this matter is greatly appreciated.
The Commissioner of Police, Edo State, CP Mohammed Dankwara, assured all individuals involved in the wrongful possession of arms and light weapons that a willful submission of such illegally possessed weapons to the Police will attract “NO SANCTION” to the remittes of these arms for the obedience to the rules of law.
A statement from the Edo State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Chidi Nwabuzor, has announced that the objective of the exercise is to decrease the amount of illegal firearms being circulated in the State.
The aim is to prevent these weapons from falling into the hands of criminals who may use them to commit crimes in our society or anywhere else in the country. This will ultimately ensure the safety of everyone in the State.
According to the Police Commissioner, “we want to emphatically states that the Command has commenced mopping up exercise to rid the State of all illegal and prohibited firearms in circulation. The command note that those who take advantage of this opportunity will not face any arrest or sanction”.
The statement, however, warned that the possessor of illegal firearms who refuse to submit them will not be spared and will be made to face the full wrath of the law when caught.
The Police Commissioner gave a marching order to officers and men of the Edo State Police Command to arrest anyone found in possession of firearms of any type – be it a pistol, rifle, air weapon, or imitation (i.e. locally made guns, dummy guns, etc.), for prosecution with the offence of unlawful possession of firearms.
The statement also called on residents to report all suspicious firearms-related activities and its possessor to the Police.
The Police commissioner urged the people of Edo State to rise and report anyone with illegal firearms to him, his Deputies or through the Police command’s dedicated telephone numbers for prompt response and action while assuring that the identities of informants will be treated with utmost confidentiality.
DEDICATED PHONE LINES ARE :
CP Edo- 08051010829
DC Operations – 08036695672
DC Administration- 08037424180
Distress call Room- 08037646272, 08077773721, 08067551618, 08056776365, 08123827225.