Edo News – Edo State Police command has issued a 14-day ultimatum to persons with unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition in the State to surrender them to the Police or face the wrath of the law.
The Commissioner of Police, Edo State, CP Folusho Adebanjo, issued the warning while briefing journalists at the State headquarters in Benin City, on the level of preparedness of the command to provide adequate security during the forthcoming polls.
Adebanjo explained that the police had got wind of plans by some unscrupulous politicians to unleash mayhem if they did not win the state primaries.
He said some persons had resorted to the use of illegal firearms at the ward congresses in the State, the police chief warned that the state command would not tolerate any form of violence among politicians in order to avoid “a theatre of war” in next year’s elections.
Adebanjo, who assured that the command was “combat-ready” and would “deal decisively with any thugs apprehended, including their sponsors”, also said that the police would offer a “handsome reward” for any information leading to the recovery of massive arms and ammunition build-up in the state while such information would be treated with utmost confidentiality.