The Nigeria Police Force has issued a strong warning to the South-West Stakeholders Security Group working with the Western Nigeria Security Outfit code-named Operation Amotekun (leopard), against any breach of security.
The police commands in Ekiti, Ogun and Ondo issues the warning during separate interviews with Punch, they said they would not tolerate illegal possession of firearms by the members of the group. They said anybody in possession of illegal weapons would be arrested.
Police Public Relations Officer in Ogun State, Abimbola Oyeyemi, also warned that any civilian member of the Operation Amotekun found guilty of using unlicensed firearms would be arrested. He said the command would not condone any form of possession of prohibited firearms from members of the Amotekun security operation.
According to him, anybody that does not belong to any security agency, such as the army, the police, and the customs, cannot carry AK-47 rifles. According to Oyeyemi, the essence of issuing the firearm licence is to have biometric data of the bearer in such a way that if the person uses it to commit a crime, the police will arrest such a person.
He said, “You cannot be in the possession of prohibited firearms and you expect us to condone that. For example, somebody who does not belong to any security agency such as the army, the police and the customs cannot carry an AK-47 rifle. You can’t carry a pump-action.”