The Imo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Abutu Yaro has told criminals in the state to return all police rifles in their possession, adding that the order has made plans to heartlessly manage any individual got with such arms and ammo.
Yaro, who stated this on Wednesday in an exclusive chat with our correspondent, 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.
The CP, nevertheless, said that the police in the state would leave no stone unturned to ensure that bandits were dealt with and brought to book when apprehended.