Christiana Gokyo, Jos
Commissioner of Police for Plateau state, Undie Adie, has alerted that command has uncovered about 171 illegal firearms, 795 ammunitions and 131 cartridges.
Disclosing this on Friday, while briefing newsman in Jos, the PC said the command is set to clamp down on owners of illegal arms across the state, from April 30, 2018.
According to him, the exercise was in compliance with the directives by the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to all state commands nationwide, to mop up illegal arms for safer Nigeria.
The CP further explained that, already, the command has given a ‘window period’ for the voluntary submission of illegal and prohibited firearms by members of the public, which elapses on end of April 2018.
He revealed that the 171 illegal firearms, 795 rounds of live ammunitions and 131 cartridges have been mopped up from various locations through voluntary surrender.
He also categorically stated that those, who have (voluntarily) handed over their arms and those, who intend to do so before the window period closes, are not to be arrested.
He warned that, anyone found to be in possession of illegal firearms after the window period would be dealt with according to the law.
Mr. Adie stated that plans are in place to commence thorough search of areas suspected to be hosing such items towards recovering them and arresting the culprits.
He warned that anyone yet to surrender his illegally-acquired or prohibited firearms should do so before the force begins its combing exercise.
The Commissioner also paraded some suspects arrested in connection with various crimes, which include car theft and murder, among others.