Mohammed Adamu, Nigeria’s Inspector-General of Police has alerted the nation of the danger that arming regional security outfits poses for the country.

He warned against arming of vigilantes, quasi-states and regional security outfits with prohibited firearms and weapons. He said such acts are in contravention of the provisions of the Firearms Act, and a threat to national security.

A statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, said the earlier order banning possession of such firearms was aimed at containing the illegal possession of prohibited firearms.

He said- “The IGP, while observing that several civil groups, vigilantes, quasi-states and regional security outfits under various guises are arming themselves with prohibited firearms and weapons in contravention of the provisions of the Firearms Act, notes that the trend if unchecked will pose serious threat to national security.”

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