The Plateau State Police Command is set to clamp down on owners of illegal arms across the state from April 30, 2018.

The State Police Commissioner, Undie Adie addressing newsmen in Jos on Friday said the exercise is in compliance with the directive by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris to all State Commands nationwide to mop up illegal arms for a safer Nigeria.

Mr. Adie said already, the command has given a "window period" for the voluntary submission of illegal and prohibited firearms by members of the public which elapses on April 30, 2018.

So far, 171 illegal firearms, 795 rounds of live ammunitions and 131 cartridges have been mopped up from different locations through voluntary surrender, the CP said.

While those who have handed over the arms and those who intend to do so before the window period closes are not to be arrested, the Police Chief said anyone found to be in possession of illegal firearm after the window period would be dealt with according to the law.

He added that the state command has concluded plans to commence thorough search of areas suspected to be housing such items towards recovering them and arresting the culprits.

He therefore warned that anyone yet to surrender his illegally acquired and/or prohibited firearm should do so before the Force begins its combing exercise.

The CP during the briefing paraded suspects arrested in connection with various crimes including car theft and murder among others.

Details of those arrests in our next news post.