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IGP warns IPOB over illegal arms

From Molly Kilete, Abuja

INSPECTOR General of Police, Solomon Arase, has warned members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) over possession of illegal firearms. The IGP warned that illegal possession of arms by individual or groups in the country with the intention of such to confront the security agencies in self-defence will not be tolerated.

Arase issued the warning in Abuja following the declaration by IPOB that members will “carry guns in selfdefence.” He directed all zonal Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs), as well as state Police Commissioners to strictly enforce the laws against the use of illegal firearms across the country “Anybody who dares security agencies in the discharge of their constitutional responsibilities and make life difficult for law-abiding citizens will face dire consequences of their actions.”

He also advised members of IPOB to reconsider their stand or face the wrath of the extant laws on bearing of firearms. He equally advised IPOB members to follow appropriate avenues in ventilating their grievances as “anybody who steps out of bounds will be decisively dealt with.” Arase, in a statement signed by the force Public Relations Officer, Bisi Kolawole, said: “Members of these groups should note that it is an offence punishable under the Criminal Law of the Federation of Nigeria for a person to have in his possession or under his control any prohibited firearms without licence or permit.