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Renew firearms, tinted glasses licence or risk arrest – IGP Arase



Police Headquarters – The Police said on Thursday that it would commence revalidation of firearms license and vehicle tinted glass permit beginning from today through its digital platform.

The directive was given by the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, at the launch of the Nigeria Police Force Central Information System (NCIS).

The current firearms license and tinted glass permit would become invalid with effect from March 18, 2016, after which its holders may be liable to arrest and prosecution.

He added that, “Even more worrisome is the realisation that under this analogue system, it has been practically difficult to engage best international practices to vet firearms applicants, monitor the extent of compliance of licensees with extant firearms laws, and address the challenge of fire arms proliferation.

“All these gaps impact negatively on the ability of the Nigeria Police to effectively attain its core mandate of preventing and detecting crimes, and protecting the lives and property of the citizens,” he said.

Arase stressed that the revalidation grace for all holders will last for three months after which current permits will be invalid.

“I am to clarify that there will be a three months window for the revalidation of the Fire arms License and the Tinted Permit. Consequently, with effect from March 18, 2016, the current Fire arms License and Tinted Permit will become invalid and holder may be liable to arrest and prosecution,” he stated.