AKHERE Agene, Benin
Authorities of the Nigerian Police in Edo State have raise an alarm of possible massive build-up of arms and ammunition by politicians ahead of the 2015 general elections.
The state Commissioner of Police, Foluso Adebanjo disclosed this at the state command of the force during the parade of 76 suspects arrested for various crimes in the state.
The command also paraded another set of 76 suspects who were arrested for various crimes ranging from, kidnapping, armed robbery and rape within the last one month.
CP Adebanjo gave a 14-day ultimatum for those in possession of illegal arms to surrender same or face the wrath of the law.
The commissioner said a special squad has been set up by the command to arrest those in possession of illegally acquired arms and ammunition in the state.
According to Adebanjo: “Unconfirmed intelligence at our disposal indicates massive build-up of arms and ammunition by some politicians, hired thugs, violent cult groups and other undesirable individuals to cause mayhem if they do not win the primaries.
“The possession of illegal weapons is unauthorized.
“I hereby warn everyone in the state, irrespective of their status, to surrender to the office of the commissioner of police within a period of 14 days all illegally acquired weapons in their possession.
“Failure to adhere to this ultimatum will spell danger for anyone arrested with such illegal weapons.
“The anti robbery and other special squad have been directed to identify, raid, and confiscate such illegal weapons and prosecute offenders in competent law courts.”
While promising reward for any information that would lead to recovery of massive arms and ammunition in the state, the commissioner stressed that such information would be treated with confidence.
He reiterated the command readiness to ensure safety and lives and properties before, during and after the elections.
He also said a total of 21 cars were recovered by the command under the same period.