The Inspector General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase, has ordered holders of firearm licences and tinted permits to revalidate them, beginning from January 1, 2016.

The IGP gave the directive on Thursday in Abuja, at the launch of the Nigeria Police Force Central Information System (NCIS), adding that application for Character Certificates will now be processed digitally on the platform of the NCIS.

Explaining the reason for the change, he said: “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.

“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.”

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