Police Issue Strict Enforcement Directives To Crack Down On Proliferation Of Illegal Firearms In Bauchi

…..Warns persons and groups to voluntarily submit prohibited firearms in their possession

The Bauchi State Commissioner of Police, CP Auwal Musa Muhammad has ordered all strategic managers consisting of Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers (DPOs), Heads of Tactical/Operational units of the Command to clampdown on all quasi-security outfits and private security bodies to identify, disarm, arrest, Investigate and Prosecute any individual or groups found wanting in Possession of Firearms Prohibited by Law, sequel to the directives of the Inspector General of Police, Acting IGP Kayode Egbetokun with regard to the proliferation of Prohibited firearms in the country.

According to a press release signed by the Bauchi State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Ahmed Mohammed Wakil, said that the CP further directed all Divisional Police Officers to organise an enlightenment meeting for members of the Vigilante groups, forest guards, Hunters, and all other Local Quasi- Security outfits within their areas of responsibility with immediate effect and to be notified of the IGP’s directives and work within the ambit of the laws guiding their establishment, operations and as well as the nation and any contravention will attract severe sanctions.

Also, Area Commanders are to coordinate, supervise, and report the outcome of the meetings to the CP forthwith.

It is also very categorical on this note that all local Quasi- security outfits who operate offices where they arrest and detain persons are hereby proscribed and declared illegal and anyone found flouting this order will face the full wrath of the Law.

The CP MM Auwal called on all person(s) or group(s) unlawfully bearing prohibited firearms to with immediate effect, submit same to the nearest Police Station for onward handing over to the State Armoury.

He further said that anyone found flaunting this directive would be arrested, investigated, and formally charged under the relevant provision of the Firearms Act.