Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, has promised to grant amnesty to residents in possession of illegal arms who are willing to surrender them to security operatives.
Governor Lalong made the disclosure during a courtesy visit to the headquarters of the Special Task Force, Operation Safe Haven in Jos, the state capital.
Our correspondent reports that Plateau State has had its own share of crisis in recent times which has claimed many lives, leaving many people displaced while properties worth millions of naira was destroyed.
The unfortunate situation has paved way for the proliferation of light and small arms which is now the challenge bedevilling security operatives in the state.
Governor Simon Lalong who was on a courtesy visit to the headquarters of the Special Task Force, Operation Save Haven, with some of his officials were taken round the base for an inspection of the environment.
The large arms and ammunition displayed were to said to have been seized in various parts of the state by the Special Task Force deployed to restore peace, law and order in the state.
Governor Lalong who was surprised by the large quantity of the seized arms immediately announce his decision to grant amnesty to any one in possession of illegal weapons either locally made or foreign.
In his remarks the Commander Operation Safe Haven, Brigadier General Nicholas Rogers, suggested that some of the manufacturers of such weapons can be employed by the defence weapons industry if they sincerely come out.
He advised Plateau State residents in possession of illegal arms to take advantage of this opportunity to surrender their weapons for the sustainability of the peace currently being enjoyed in the state.