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CP orders DPOs to arrest Vigilante operatives carrying firearms

CP orders DPOs to arrest Vigilante operatives carrying firearms

The Commissioner of Police for Rivers State, Okon Effiong, has ordered Divisional Police Officers to arrest any vigilante seen with arms within their jurisdiction.

This came as some vigilantes were seen especially in the Diobu area of Port Harcourt brandishing arms, including pump action rifles with various frightening uniforms.

Speaking on the development, the spokesperson for the state police command, Grace Iringe-Koko, said the vigilantes were not licensed to carry arms.

Iringe-Koko, a Superintendent of Police, in a short message sent to newsmen said the CP has given a stern warning to the local security outfits not to carry arms.

The statement read, “They (vigilantes) are not licensed to bear arms. The CP has directed DPOs to arrest anyone seen with arms within their jurisdiction.

“Also, they do not have powers to detain or keep anyone in custody.”

Effiong had in December issued a seven-day window for unauthorised persons, especially cultists, to submit weapons in their possession or risk arrest.

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