The Acting Inspector-General of Police, Olukayode Egbetokun, has unveiled an ad-hoc committee to review firearms licensing and regulations by the Nigeria Police in line with the Firearms Act and other extant laws, in the interest of public safety and general security.

Force Spokesperson, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, who announced this in Abuja, said the committee’s mandate would encompass an assessment of current firearms licensing procedures, and regulations, to enhance their effectiveness, and accountability.

The Force Headquarters also added that the police will engage with relevant stakeholders, including legal experts, civil society organisations, and experts in the field, to ensure a holistic and well-informed review.

Adejobi said, the Police Boss has issued a stern warning to all individuals involved in the illegal possession of arms and light weapons, reiterating that illegal proliferation of firearms and light weapons poses a significant threat to the peace and stability of the nation.