From Ikenna Maxwell, Awka
Commander of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency in Enugu State, Mr Anthony Ohanyere, has cautioned law enforcement officers on the use of firearms in order not to endanger their lives and that of the society the protect.
Mr. Ohanyere made the call at a one-day seminar for security agencies in Awka.
In his lecture titled “The Obligation and Limitations of Bearing Firearms,” the NDLEA boss said that unregulated and unrestricted access to firearms could cause chaos in the society.
Ability to put arms in use within the limits of the law, Mr Ohanyere said, is the major challenge of arms and not in the power to bear them.
He described as “unfortunate” the inability of most officers of not knowing when to use the gun in the cause of discharging their duties.“
Any person that must carry arms must be of sound mind, stable temperament and not deformed particularly in vital parts of the body like the arm, finger, among others.“
He must be well behaved person who is not known to be criminal, has criminal tendencies or an ex-convict,” he stated.
The NDLEA boss charged law enforcement officers who carry guns to be safety conscious and not subject themselves and the general public to danger.
Commander of NDLEA in Anambra State, Mr Sule Momodu who organized the seminar, said that the training was organised with the support of the state government under its security programme known as “Operation kpochapu”.
The training would expose officers drawn from the Police, Prisons, Civil Defense, Immigration, Customs, Army, Navy and vigilante groups to professionalism in the discharge of their duties.