Police vows to treat armed herdsmen as criminals

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Solomon Arase IGP

Solomon Arase IGP

The Nigerian Police Force (NPF)has declared war on Fulani herdsmen carrying out incessant attacks on farmers with unlicensed firearms.

The police pointed out that it does not issue gun licences to herdsmen and would henceforth consider anyone of them found to be in possession of firearms without Police licence as a common criminal.

The force noted that the move has become necessary following allegations that Fulani herdsmen use dangerous weapons such as AK47 and other guns whenever they engage in violent clashes with farmers over grazing areas for their cattle.

The Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, through the Force Public Relation Officer, Kolawale Bisi, told Saturday PUNCH that the police does not issue firearms to unqualified persons and encourage Nigerians to provide information on illegal arms across the country.

He noted that any herdsman found carrying guns would be arrested and prosecuted under the law of the land.

He said, “We have always confisticated illegal and prohibited firearms and prosecute those arrested. Police cannot issue firearms licence to herdsmen; we are encouraging citizens to provide information on illegal arms across the country. Public safety is the absolute priority.”

The IG said applications for firearms’ licence must go through the due process, “The Police cannot issue out firearms licence to anyone that is not qualified to possess firearms. There are procedures to obtain firearms licence; if you don’t follow the procedure and you don’t meet the requirements, you will not be granted the approval to possess one.”

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