The Nigerian police wants operatives of the newly established South West security network, Amotekun, to know their place. The police force has warned operatives of the sub-regional outfit to abstain from using unlicensed firearms. It advised the network operatives to stick with Dane guns (popularly known as hunters gun in this part) and leave the polished guns for the professionals. The Police Public Relations Officer, Ogun State, Abimbola Oyeyemi, threatened to arrest any civilian member of the Amotekun operation caught with unlicensed firearms. He said: “You cannot be in possession of prohibited firearms and you expect us to condone that. For example, somebody who does not belong to any security agency such as the army, the police and the customs cannot carry an AK-47 rifle. You can't carry a pump-action.” In a similar vein, the Ekiti State Police Command spokesperson, Sunday Abutu, warned that any member of Amotekun caught with prohibited firearms would be arrested. He said: “The approved local vigilante groups can only carry dane guns. The Police Public Relations Officer of the Ondo State Police Command, CSP Femi Joseph, also suggested that the Amotekun operatives get dane guns. He said: There are categories of firearms. The ones that are prohibited are those ones using cartridges. If you are carrying them without being licensed, it is illegal, but the dane guns used by local hunters in the farm are not prohibited because they don't use cartridges.” Recall that on Thursday, January 9, 2020, Governors of Nigeria's six southwest states of Nigeria launched the western Nigeria security network called Operation Amotekun in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital. The governors claim Amotekun was created to complement the police and other security outfits in the federation and not replace them. Do you think the police feels threatened by Amotekun?
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