through which they are brought into the country; those responsible for their legitimate and illegitimate procurement; quantities of same bought or procured on daily, monthly and annual basis in Nigeria; those possessing them and their percentage per population as well as how or purposes for which they are used.
We submit that the vigilantes bearing un-prohibited firearms or gaming (hunters) guns such as pump action, double and single barrel and Dane guns are not responsible for the State-aided mass slaughters ravaging Nigeria.
Those under the above category are dutifully and constitutionally supplementing the community policing duties of the Nigeria Police Force. The gaming guns borne by such vigilantes are inferior to the modern art of violent crimes and internal armed conflicts.
That is not to say that communal and urban vigilantes bearing arms will not be roundly checkmated to tame them in the event of abuse, recklessness and overzealousness particularly in the areas of sources of such hunters’ guns in their possession; but such steps must be comprehensive and well planned; and captured into national
We insist that the Inspector General of Police and indeed the entire Nigeria Police Force must leave community and urban vigilantes alone and go after violent and terrorist groups like Fulani Herdsmen and Boko Haram as well as others who are in possession of illicit prohibited firearms such as AK-47 assault rifles and their likes;
machine guns, IEDs, rockets, mortars and anti-personnel and anti-tank landmines, etc.
Channels through which they are illicitly procured as well as their sponsors including compromised politicians, couriers and profiteers must also be tracked down, fished out and punished in accordance with the law of the land.
Currently, there is a high level of ethnic mistrust, distrust and suspicion amongst Nigerians which has worsened under the current Buhari government. In that vein, the general consensus is that the directive from the Inspector General is to disarm the good people of the South East who currently are not represented at all in the leadership
of all the security agencies of Nigeria, thus increasing their vulnerability to the genocidal massacre by the rampaging terrorist Fulani Herdsmen.
Finally, we warn that the enforcement of the unwise and myopic directive of the Inspector General will further
aggravate the already tense security situation all over the country with the likely clampdown and skirmishes that
will naturally ensue when Nigerians expectedly ignore and resist the ill-fated directive.
Maazi Tochukwu Ezeoke
President Igbo Ekunie Initiative
Secretary Igbo Ekunie Initiative