Lagos Police Set To Mop Up Illegal And Prohibited Firearms
The Commissioner of Police Lagos State, CP Edgal Imohimi, on Thursday, inaugurated a committee to mop up all prohibited and illegal firearms.
The committee is headed by the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Department of Operations, DCP Muhammad Ali Ari and has nine senior officers as members.
The Committee held its first meeting immediately after its inauguration at the Police Headquarters Ikeja.
At the end their deliberation, they declared that with effect from Thursday, March 8, 2018, three weeks grace period is given to all members of the public who have illegal and prohibited firearms to submit such firearms to the nearest Police Station.
The prohibited firearms include: weapons with slide action mechanism, pump action rifles of all categories, military rifles, pistols and revolvers, machine guns, rocket launchers, projectiles bombs and grenades.
The Committee is empowered to enter into any house or premises based on credible intelligence with a duly signed search warrant from a court of competent jurisdiction, in search and recovery of arms.
The CP urged members of the public in possession of prohibited and illegally acquired firearms to take advantage of the grace period to turn in their firearms or risk being arrested and prosecuted in accordance with provisions of the Firearms Act of 2004.