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Illegal Arms: Police Should Search Vehicles With Armed Escort Personnel, Convoys – Giwa-Amu

Posted: Mar 20, 2016 at 6:52 pm   /   by   /   comments (1)

A Lagos-based lawyer, Chief Gabriel Giwa-Amu, on Friday urged the Police to search vehicles with armed escort personnel and convoys, to curb the movement of illegal arms in the country.

Giwa-Amu spoke with Journalists in Lagos while reacting to the proliferation of illegal arms and killings in some parts of the country.He blamed politicians for the proliferation of illegal arms in the country.

According to him, it is easy for any politician who has escort security personnel and convoy vehicles to move arms to any part of the country, as no security agent would stop and search such vehicles.

“It is indeed pathetic that human life has been reduced to about nothing in this country. It is sad that our borders are so porous, and the Nigerian Customs Service and other security agents are doing their best, yet illegal arms still find their ways into the country. The times we are in, the politicians are using hoodlums against each other. If this is not checked, then we all will soon be in trouble.

“It is easy for a politician, for instance, to carry arms to any part of Nigeria, without the police stopping and checking his vehicle. This gives room for them to smuggle arms into the country. The police should thoroughly check convoy vehicles and politicians with security escort personnel, not to check their papers, but for illegal arms,’’ he said.
Giwa-Amu charged security agencies, particularly the Customs and Police, to rise up to their responsibilities.

“A traditional ruler was in a convoy with an ambulance vehicle supposedly conveying the remains of a dead relation to South-South state recently. It was discovered that the so called corpse inside the casket was nothing but a cache of illegal arms and ammunition. There are some stickers the police will see on some vehicles, they will just allow them to go. Those vehicles are channels of illegal arms movement in the country,’’ Giwa-Amu stated further.

It was reported recently that more than 10 persons were killed and property worth millions of naira destroyed at the Mile 12 Market area of Lagos State, during a clash between commercial motorcycle operators and hoodlums and cattle rustlers, armed robbers, cultists and insurgents, have staged pockets of violence with illegal arms and ammunition in various parts of the country, in recent times.

Reacting to the issue of illegal arms and ammunition, the Force Police Public Relations Officer (FPPRO), ACP Olabisi Kolawole, reiterated that anyone found in possession of illegal arms and ammunition would be arrested and prosecuted.

Kolawole stressed that the possession of illegal arms was prohibited.

“Illegal arms are illegal. We are re-registering personal firearms and issuing appropriate licenses. This will help us to ascertain the number of firearms in the country. Whoever is caught with unlicensed firearms will go in for it. We have always confiscated illegal and prohibited firearms.