The Nigerian Police Force has sent a warning to the Stakeholders Security Group (SSSG) working with the South-West Nigeria Security Outfit codenamed Operation Amotekun, against illegal possession of firearms.
The police commands in Ekiti, Ogun and Ondo states emphasized that they would not tolerate illegal arms proliferation, and specified that the operatives could only use Dane guns, which do not use cartridges.
The SSSG comprise of the Oodua Peoples Congress, the Vigilante Group of Nigeria, the South-West Hunters Association, the South-West Agbekoya Group, Agbekoya Farmers Society Group, Yoruba Youth Council and the Community Security Awareness Initiative Corps of Nigeria.
They are led by Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams.
The Police Public Relations Officer for the Ekiti State Police Command, Sunday Abutu, said any OPC member that had prohibited firearms would be arrested, stressing that it was the responsibility of the police to arrest and prosecute any individual or group bearing arms illegally.
Meanwhile, the Ondo state Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Femi Joseph, said anyone who wished to get firearms should get a license.
Lagos, Osun and Ekiti state governments had, on Friday, said they would recruit about 1,320 operatives from the OPC and other groups for the Operation Amotekun, which was launched by the South-West states on Thursday.