Richard Ginika Izuora
The Imo State Police Command, has asked criminals in possession of rifles belonging to the Police in the state to return them on or before June 12 or face the law.
Police Commissioner in the State, Abutu Yaro who gave the warning while interacting with newsmen in Owerri, on Wednesday said that anyone caught with the weapons would face the full weight of the law.
The Commissioner noted that many Police rifles were stolen during the October 2020 #EndSARS protest; as a number of formations were attacked.
He attributed recent shootings and killings in the state to illegal possession of rifles; adding that hoodlums, in possession of rifles, had been attacking police formations.
Consequently, he called on parents and all peace-loving citizens to report anyone in possession of a rifle.
“Many stations were recently burnt and rifles moved away are being used to carry out shootings and killings in the state. I hereby call on parents and well-meaning people of the state to report any child in their domain who is found in possession of police rifles.”