There are illegal fire arms and ammunition in Enugu and the Nigerian Police wants to do something about it. 

A mop-up of these arms has been announced by the Police Command in Enugu State and it will be handled by a Joint departmental task force.

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, recently directed Commissioners of Police of all the state commands to commence recovery of prohibited firearms in the country.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mohammed Danmallam, announced the the commencement of the mop-up on Monday while addressing a press conference on the recent directive of the IG.

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Danmallam said that the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations, Frank Idu, has been appointed to head the task-force.

The task-force includes personnel from State and Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department and mobile police units.

“The task force will ensure the mop-up of all illegal fire arms and ammunition in the state as well as stop all militia groups.

“The task force will ensure that everybody holding illegal fire arms and ammunition will be prosecuted," he said.

The commissioner urged all persons with fire arms and ammunition to re-verify them in the command within 14 days, as anyone caught with unregistered fire arms would be prosecuted.

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Availability of illegal arms has put Nigerians in the northeast in grave danger for over eight years.

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