The South-West security operatives, codenamed Amotekun (leopard), have been cautioned not to use unlicensed firearms or risk being arrested.
According to the Police Public Relations Officer in Ogun State, Abimbola Oyeyemi, the command would not condone any form of possession of prohibited firearms from members of the Amotekun security operation.
The police spokesman said anybody that does not belong to any security agency, such as the army, the police, and the customs, cannot carry AK-47 rifles.
Oyeyemi added that the essence of issuing the firearm licence is to have biometric data of the bearer in such a way that if the person uses it to commit a crime, the police will arrest such a person.
He said, “You cannot be in the possession of prohibited firearms and you expect us to condone that. For example, somebody who does not belong to any security agency such as the army, the police and the customs cannot carry an AK-47 rifle. You can’t carry a pump-action.”
Also, the Ondo Police Command said it was illegal for anybody to possess firearms without being licensed.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Femi Joseph, said anyone who wished to get firearms should get the licence.
He said, “There are categories of firearms. The ones that are prohibited are those ones using cartridges. If you are carrying them without being licensed, it is illegal, but the Dane guns used by local hunters in the farm are not prohibited because they don’t use cartridges.”