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Committee Seeks Stringent Laws To Control Arms Use In Nigeria

The Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapon has proposed the repeal of the Firearms Act of 2004 to make provisions for more stringent … Continue reading Committee Seeks Stringent Laws To Control Arms Use In Nigeria


Discovered-Boko-haram-ARMSThe Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapon has proposed the repeal of the Firearms Act of 2004 to make provisions for more stringent laws that will control the movement and use of arms and weapons in Nigeria.

Addressing a group of experts at an event on the amendment of the Act, the chairman of the committee, Ambassador Emmanuel Imohe, said that although there had been two amendments to the law since it was enacted in 1959, the law remained weak.

“The law is inadequate for dealing with modern trends and sophisticated trends in weapon trafficking and allied offences,’ he said.

Measures earlier proposed for resolving the menace include improved border security, aggressive public awareness and strengthening of security agencies capacity to deal with the problems.

But the committee is further proposing that the laws on the punishment for such offences need to be more stringent and must be treated as an urgent matter of national importance by the national assembly.

The proposal is coming at a period where illicit movement and trade of arms within Nigeria have continued to fuel terrorists’ activities in the north-east that have left thousands dead.