The force said it does not issue gun licenses to herdsmen and would henceforth clamp down on any one of them found to be in possession of firearms without Police license.
This move has become imperative following allegations that Fulani herdsmen use dangerous weapons such as AK47 and other guns whenever they are embroiled in violent clashes with farmers over grazing areas for their cattle.
The Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, told Saturday PUNCH that the police do not issue firearms to unqualified persons and encourage Nigerians to provide information on illegal arms across the country.
Arase, who spoke through the Force Public Relations Officer, Bisi Kolawole, noted that any herdsman found carrying guns would be arrested and prosecuted under the law of the land.
“We have always confiscated illegal and prohibited firearms and prosecute those arrested. Police cannot issue firearms license to herdsmen; we are encouraging citizens to provide information on illegal arms across the country. Public safety is the absolute priority,” the police boss said via a text message from Kolawole.
The IG said all applications for firearms’ license must follow the right procedures. “The Police cannot issue out firearms license to anyone that is not qualified to possess firearms. There are procedures to obtain firearms license; if you don’t follow the procedure and you don’t meet the requirements, you will not be granted the approval to possess one.”
Meanwhile, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, has said that the government would not leave any stone unturned in its desire to find a lasting solution to the problem of killings by Fulani herdsmen in the country.
He said, “It is not true that the President is sectional and that he has been silent on the Fulani herdsmen crisis because he is a Fulani.
“That is not true. The President has not been silent on the matter. It is unfortunate that some people choose what they want to hear.
“The President has spoken against the crisis many times. We also issued a press statement on the matter.
“No stone will be left unturned in finding a lasting solution to the crisis.”
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