Oyo state Police command Monday asked residents in the state with small arms and light weapons to submit such to the Police at any of its nearest stations/formations
The command handed down the directive in a statement by its Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) SP Adewale Osifeso, on behalf of the state Commissioner of Police, CP Adebola Hamzat, made available to newsmen in Ibadan.
CP Hamzat said the directive also affected all legitimate owners who must submit same for documentation and proper review of the license at their disposal, adding that ” there would be an immediate commencement of clampdown on the illegal possessors of firearms nationwide.”
CP Hamzat stated that in alignment with the directives of the Inspector-General of Police, Ag. IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, towards reducing crime to its barest minimum, it has ” perfected plans to consciously tackle the proliferation of illicit small arms and light weapons within the state through a proper review of firearms licensing and regulations in the interest of public safety and general security.
“Sequel to the above, in a deliberate attempt at reducing the wave of undue access to firearms under categories of “Prohibited and Personal” as so described under the first schedule of the Firearms Act, Chapter F.28 LFN 2004, the general public particularly residents of Oyo state in possession of such firearms are hereby warned to submit such to the Police at any of its nearest stations/formations at no cost,” he said.