By Adebayo Waheed,
Alarmed by the spate of kidnapping, armed robbery and other criminal activities in different parts of the country, the Assistant Inspector General of Police Zone 11, Mr. Agboola Oshodi-Glover has called for the review of the Fire Arms Act.
He warned that with the spate of unlicensed fire arms in the country, for the people to be safe, firearms in wrong hands across the country must be mopped up.
The police boss while speaking in Ibadan, Oyo State after lecturing senior police officers in the state command on how to be effective in the onerous task of protecting lives and property of the people, called for a commensurate punishment for anybody found in possession of firearms wrongly so as to serve as deterrent for others.
Oshodi-Glover whose jurisdiction covers, Oyo, Osun and Ondo States, also called on the government to review and strengthen the current Firearms Act in the country.
The AIG, who was received by the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Abiodun Odude, and other senior police officers, noted that the high volume of firearms that were in wrong hands have connection with the spate of kidnapping, armed robbery and other criminal activities in the nation.
“All over the nation now, we have cases of kidnapping. Then, the society must rise up to it through legislations to make it known to every citizen that such conduct is not permitted in this our society. So, we can only express it through laws.
“We can start from reviewing the Firearm Act, which today allows people to have option of fine. When they catch you, all you have to say is to ask for how much you will pay for fine. You will pay the fine and you can go and do the same thing again
“If the law is reviewed and strengthened, and you know you cannot go free, I think everybody will sit down and be more productive. Then, we will be able to move all the firearms that are in wrong hands in the society.
“Police will be able to even police with less stress. The firearms that are in wrong hands are so many that we must mop them up, so that the society will be safe,” he said.