The Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, has directed all Police commands in the country to update their armouries to ensure that all ammunition are in good condition.
He gave this directive while responding to an observation made by Sergeant Nicholas Enguru yesterday, at the Police Headquarters in Ikot Akpan Abia, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, where the IG is on a working tour of the state.
While interacting with the men and officers of the command, Sergeant Enguru told the IGP that in the command he was before being posted to Akwa Ibom, he was given a gun with 30 rounds from the armory but to his greatest dismay the gun could not fire because it had expired.
Responding, Arase said: “If I am an accountant and I am careless, I will lose money but if you are a police officer, if you are careless with your men you lose lives and that is the difference. If you are having 30 rounds of ammunition and you cork it and it does not fire and you are facing criminal’s gang, it means you are going to be killed.
“We are going to take care of that. The entire armorer should check their ammunition to see that they are not expired; so that they would not jeopardize the lives of our officers while on duty. This is a national thing, I am directing all armourers in all the commands to update their armouries,” he said.
Impressed by the policeman’s observation, the IG immediately announced Enguru’s promotion from Sergeant to Inspector.
He therefore, urged the DPOs across the country to get connected to the community where they served, noting that, such would help carry out adequate security.