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IGP orders state Police Commissioners to disarm militias, vigilantes

Molly Kilete, Abuja |

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has ordered state Commissioners of Police to, as a matter of urgency, disarm all militias, vigilantes and other armed protective units set up by state governors  across the country.

Idris has warned state governors who have set up such armed security outfits that they have no powers to do so.

The IGP, who gave the warning at a meeting with Commissioners of Police and officers held at the Police Forces Headquarters in Abuja, said the Nigerian constitution has made it clear that only formal security agencies were empowered to carry arms and ammunition.

He said anyone that violates the law under any pretext would be held accountable.

The IGP, however, did not state whether or not the same law applies to Fulani herdsmen, who have been accused of carrying sophisticated weaponry and killing of innocent citizens across the country.

The IGP, who made it clear that it was the responsibility of the police to provide security for citizens of Nigeria, said:

“Everybody is aware we are entering a very tedious and serious situations in this country.

“Political issues are coming up to the fore and I believe officers must gear up in our various locations, in our various responsibilities to ensure that we provide law and order all over Nigerian.

“As police officers, all of us know our duties.

“There is no police commissioner that has served less than 20-25 years

“There are lots of issues that should be considered very seriously.

“We are now coming into a political arena. Commands should be very conversant about the arming of militia men or vigilantes.

“Before a vigilante is established by government, you must have a bye-law, which must be passed by the House of Assembly.

“It is the responsibility of the Commissioners of Police to study these bye-laws and see how it conforms with the constitution and other laws of this country.

“But through the connivance of some police officers you have a command arming militia men under several names; these I think our officers are to brace up to face these challenges.

“No no government in this country has the responsibility to approve prohibited firearms to any Nigerian under any guise.

“And I think it is the responsibility of CP’s of commands to put close watch to the activities of some of these governors that are arming individuals against the laws of this country.

“All of us are aware about these prohibited firearms.

“You cannot give approval to any individual to own a pistol. You cannot give an approval to any individual to own an AK-47, rifle.

“These are prohibited weapons and only the government has that authority to give that approval.

“So I want to call on our Commissioners of Police of various commands: you have to be on the close watch [against] these abuse of authority at various levels.”

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4 Comments

  1. Ezekiel Okeke 1st February 2018 at 2:48 pm

    The fraudulent political name Nigeria is dead- it is Yugoslavia of Africa, so do all its institutions. Fulani criminal terrorists Political Control is over this territory of the natives is over and must be erased with the Sword in the ongoing Revolution War of the natives. As a native of this territory of the natives, you are chief security officer of yourself under Disintegrated Republics of the natives, you are not under any authority of the dead fraudulent political name Nigeria- Annihilate any tout who want to take your arms etc. in the name of military, police etc- Slaughter them on your God given native land, they are terrorism mercenaries of fulani criminal terrorists hidden under the dead fraudulent political name Nigeria- Erase the brainwashed illiterate fools on your God given native land with the Sword. God given Liberation has come, God given Freedom has come under Disintegrated Republics of the natives- do not move an inch backward on your God given native land- march on the enemy to full conquest- Slaughter them on your God given native land- it Bloody Political War in Revolution War of the natives- it is the Sword. Fulani criminal terrorists Political Control over this territory of the natives is over. God Is With Us!!!

  2. Ezekiel Okeke 1st February 2018 at 2:59 pm

    The enemy want to take your arms etc. so as to annihilate and erase you on your God given native land- do not move an inch backward on your God given native land, march on the enemy to full conquest- if you do not annihilate and erase the enemy on your God given native land, the enemy will annihilate and erase you on your God given native land. If you are a native of this territory of the natives in the so-called military, police etc., decide now where is you belong- either you are for the natives of this territory of the natives under Disintegrated Republics of the natives or you are for fulani criminal terrorists under the dead fraudulent political name Nigeria- only a fool will choose to die in the hands of his or her brothers for his or her enemy. Fulani criminal terrorists Political Control over this territory of the natives is over and must be erased with the Sword in the ongoing Revolution War of the natives under Disintegrated Republics of the natives which secures the natives existence and future in 21st century world- education, employment, job, salary, pension, business, public infrastructures, amenities etc. God Is With Us!!!

  3. Ezekiel Okeke 1st February 2018 at 3:08 pm

    Arm yourselves to the teeth as natives of this territory of the natives- defend every inch of this territory of the natives, erase the enemy on every inch of this territory of the natives- do not move an inch backward, march on the enemy to full conquest. God given Liberation has come, God given Freedom has come under Disintegrated Republics of the natives which secures the natives existence and future in 21st century world. Fulani criminal terrorists Political Control over this territory of the natives is over and must be erased with the Sword in the ongoing Revolution War of the natives. God Is With Us.

  4. Ezekiel Okeke 1st February 2018 at 4:13 pm

    Get to the enemy before the enemy gets to you on your God given native land under Disintegrated Republics of the natives- Burn Down their barracks, vehicles etc., take everything in their possession- arms etc., Slaughter them- they are terrorism mercenaries of fulani criminal terrorists hidden under the dead fraudulent political name Nigeria, they are brainwashed illiterate fools used for fulani criminal terrorists Political Control over this territory of the natives- it is over. Fulani criminal terrorists Political Control over this territory of the natives is over and must be erased with the Sword in the ongoing Revolution War of the natives. It is God given Liberation, it is God given Freedom under Disintegrated Republics of the natives which must be defended with the Sword in the ongoing Revolution War of the natives. God Is With Us!!!

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