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Police to start raiding Abuja homes for illegal firearms

The police in Abuja yesterday notified Abuja residents in possession of unauthorised arms and ammunition to immediately surrender them before it is too late.

The FCT Police Commissioner, Sadiq Bello, said in a statement yesterday that officers around the capital city would soon intensify operations to forcibly take possession of unlicensed weapons.


On February 22, Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, ordered a nationwide seizure of illegal arms and ammunition from people across the country.

The order was issued in the wake of killings across the country, especially the farmers-herders crisis that has seen hundreds killed this year alone.

Mr. Idris hopes the exercise would help curb violent crimes ahead of the 2019 elections.

He said: “In view of the expiration of the period approved by the IGP for the voluntary submission of the prohibited firearms, the command will commence the mop-up exercise which will include raids, cordon-and-search of premises or buildings or hideouts where these illegal/prohibited firearms are reasonably suspected to be kept.

“As such, any individual or group of persons found in possession of any prohibited firearms henceforth will be arrested and prosecuted.”


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