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‘Arm No Militias Or Vigilantes’ , IGP Warns State Govts, CPs As Fayose’s Adviser Lampoons Arrest

The Oasis Reporters

February 2, 2018



The Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris has read the riot act to state governments and Commissioners of Police not to contemplate equipping militia and vigilante groups with prohibited firearms.

The Police Chief also directed Commissioners of Police in charge of Commands to monitor the activities of state governments as the country enters into a political era.

He disclosed this on Thursday at the Force Headquarters in Abuja during the monthly meeting with Commissioners of Police and other senior officers.

He said: “Everybody is aware we are entering a tedious and serious period in this country. The political issues are coming up to the fore and I believe as officers, we must gear up in our various locations and responsibilities to ensure that we ensure law and order all over Nigeria.

“As police officers, we know our duties. We know some issues that must be considered very seriously because we are coming into a political arena.

“Commands should be very conversant with arming of militia men or vigilante because before a vigilante group is established by a government, there must be a bylaw which must be passed by the House of Assembly.

“It is the responsibility of the Commissioners of Police in charge of Commands to study the bylaw and see how it conforms with the constitution and other laws of this country but where through the connivance of some Police officers, you have a command arming militia men under several lius, I think our officers have to brace up to face these challenges.

He further said: “No government in this country has the responsibility to approve some prohibited firearms to any Nigerian under any guise.

“I think it is the responsibility of CPs of Commands to put a close watch to the activities of some of these governments that are arming individuals which is against the laws of this country.

“All of us are aware of these prohibited firearms, you cannot give approval for any individual to own a pistol or AK47 Rifles. These are prohibited weapons and only the government has the authority to give that approval.

“I call on CPs of various Commands to closely watch the abuse of authority at various levels”, the IGP said.

On the killings in Nasarawa and Benue State and the effect of his relocation as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari, the IG said the killings have reduced drastically.

He also maintained that the clashes were communal.

According to him: “To be frank, I relocated to Benue for about eight days and when I came back, I left the DIG Operations there. I must say that the incidences in Benue State and Nasarawa State have reduced drastically”.

On the killing in Gboko, he said: “We had an attack on some travellers in Gboko town, in Benue State where seven fulani people were murdered.

“Seven of them were travelling from Taraba to Kogi State, they stopped in Gboko and the youths there, seeing that they were fulani, pounced on them, killed and roasted them.

“We are investigating that issue now. Our monitoring team have been dispatched to Benue and some arrest have been made in that regard.”

On the clash being a communal clash, the IGP said : “This issue like I said from the beginning, is communal clash. These are clashes occurring between two members of the community and like I stated in both states, as Nigerians, we should learn to live together and tolerant of each other.

“I addressed traditional rulers recently in Port Harcourt and I think they have a lot to do to bring peace and harmony within their community.

“This country needs leaders that can unite the communities not leaders that create divisions and I think it is high time leaders answer their names and be among those that will bring peace and stability all over the country”, he said.

Meanwhile the SSA (Social Media) to Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Lere Olayinka has lampooned the news of the arrest of 17 youths in Gboko, Benue State over the killing of 7 Fulanis.

“That’s very good. But how many Fulani herdsmen were arrested over the killings in Benue State in December and the over 1,000 Agatus killed last year?”

Additional report from the Nation Online ng

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