OWERRI – The Imo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Abutu Yaro has told hoodlums and bandits in the state to return all police rifles in their possession, adding that the command has resolved to ruthlessly deal with any person caught with such arms and ammunition.
Yaro, who stated this on Wednesday in an exclusive chat said that many police rifles were carted away during the EndSARS protest and attacks on police formation.
He attributed the recent shooting and killings in the state to bandits who carted away with police rifles during the protest and attacks.
He also called on parents and peace-loving stakeholders to report any child in their custody with any police rifle.
He said, “I hereby call on parents and well-meaning people of the state to report any child in their domain having police rifle. The police rifle is for police and not for any other person.”
“Many police stations were recently burnt and the rifles they moved away with were what they used in the recent shootings and killings in the state”, Yaro added.