By Milcah Tanimu
The Acting Inspector-General of Police, IGP Kayode Egbetokun, has established a special committee with the primary responsibility of conducting a comprehensive review of the regulations governing firearms licensing within the Nigeria Police Force. This initiative aligns with the stipulations outlined in the Firearms Act and other relevant legislation.
According to Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the committee’s overarching objective is to conduct a meticulous evaluation of the existing procedures and regulations pertaining to firearms licensing. The ultimate goal is to enhance the efficiency, transparency, and accountability of these processes.
Adejobi emphasized that this decision has been made with the utmost consideration for public safety and overall security. To ensure a well-rounded and informed review, the Police will actively engage with various stakeholders, including legal experts, civil society organizations, and professionals with expertise in this domain.
Furthermore, IGP Egbetokun has expressed unwavering commitment to combatting the illegal production, sale, possession, and use of firearms. He stressed that possessing firearms without the appropriate licenses and permits not only constitutes a breach of the law but also poses a significant threat to society.
Egbetokun has assured that the Nigeria Police Force will exert every possible effort to pursue and prosecute individuals involved in these illicit activities. Consequently, he has instructed all state commissioners of police, supervising assistant inspectors-general of police responsible for zonal commands, and tactical squads to initiate a comprehensive crackdown on the illegal manufacturing, sale, possession, and utilization of prohibited firearms across the nation.
In addition, he encourages all citizens to promptly report any suspicious activities related to firearms to their local police divisions or via various NPF social media platforms, fostering a collaborative approach to maintain public safety.