Bayelsa State Police Command To Start Mop-Up Of Illegal Firearms
Against the backdrop of insecurity in every part of the country , the Bayelsa state police command says,consequent upon the directive of the Inspector- General of Police IGP Mohammed Adamu NPM, mni, to State Commissioners of Police to initiate appropriate actions to identify, isolate, disarm, arrest and prosecute any individual(s) or group (s) in possession of illegal firearms, the Commissioner of Police Bayelsa State Command CP Mike Okoli fsi, has set up a Special Squad to mop-up illegal firearms in Bayelsa State.
In a press statement signed by the command PPRO SP Asinim Butswat said the Special Squad on illegal firearms which is headed by Assistant Commissioner of Police Operations, is saddled with the responsibility of mopping up illegal firearms in the State among other firearms related infractions.
According to him, ‘the Bayelsa State Police Command therefore, will henceforth treat and prosecute persons arrested for unlawful possession of firearms as terrorists, armed robbers, kidnappers and cultists”.
This was made known by the Commissioner of Police Bayelsa State during a meeting with vigilante groups at the Police Headquarters on 19 August, 2020.
The CP further enjoined all vigilante members to continue to support the Police in fighting crime in the State.
“The Command hereby call on the peace loving people of Bayelsa State to cooperate and assist the Police in the enforcement of this order, as it is aimed at ensuring safety of lives and property in Bayelsa State” he said.