From Femi Oyelola Kaduna
Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Austin Iwar, has called on hunters in the state and others in possession of illegal weapons to surrender same to the police in other to avoid prosecution.
He stated this during a meeting with hunters from Pambegwa and Saminaka in Lere Local Government Area of the state.
According to Iwar, following the recent directives by the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris to state commissioners of Police to mop up all illegal arms in their state, he is giving the hunters opportunity to willingly hand over the illegal weapons.
Iwar said the hunters from creation of the world have been part of humanity and in Nigeria apart from their traditional hunting jobs, they have played great roles in sustaining security in their area of domain.
He added that in view of this, the State Police Command is ready to work with hunters in area of providing security because they know the terrain very well and are even aware of the bandits and criminals terrorizing the areas.
“We are going to work together with you because we appreciate your profession as hunters. There is going to be hunters-police partnership in order to boost security in Kaduna state.
“We are going to train some of you in this regards so that you will not engage in illegal acts that is contrary to the law of the land. Nigeria as a country is governed by the law and hunters must also follow the law of the land.
“We have set up a task force to mop up illegal arms such as AK47 and others. And we call on you to cooperate with the task force to surrender such weapons at your possession.
“We appreciate your cooperation towards providing security in the state and we cannot allow you out of the struggle to restore sanity in the state; that is why we call you here today to have a heart-to-heart discussion and map out a joint way forward,” he said.
The CP who was earlier at the Television Motor Park and Sabon Tasha Garage in Chikun Local Government Area, in his campaign for community policing directed the deployment of fourteen addition police officers to the Television Motor Park and immediate establishment of Police Outpost at the Sabon Tasha garage.
He, however, said the communities have a role to play in their own security as the police cannot do it all. So he called for a synergy between the police and the communities in order to reduce the crime rate in the areas.