Reps Task Security Agencies On Proliferation Of Illegal Arms | Independent Newspapers Limited
Newsletter subscribe


Reps Task Security Agencies On Proliferation Of Illegal Arms

Posted: Mar 11, 2016 at 12:46 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Ahmed Musa, Abuja

The alarming rate of gun-related crimes in Nigeria occasioned by the rampant proliferation of illegal arms has continued to raise concern federal lawmakers in the House of Representatives who on yesterday mandated the House Committees on National Security and Intelligence and Police Affairs to liaise with relevant security agencies to device means of curbing illegal possession of firearms in the country.
The committee, according to the resolution reached at Thursday plenary, is to report back to the House within four weeks for further legislative action.
The resolution of the House followed a motion on the “Need to Intensify efforts to Check Illegal Possession of Firearms Across the Country” sponsored by Hon. Odebunmi Dokun.
Moving the motion on the floor of the House, Dokun said the high rate of illegal possession of firearms by individuals and groups is in violation of Sections 3, 4, 8, 11, & 12 of the Fire Arms Act, adding that it had substantially contributed to the high rate of insecurity and crime in the country.
“Several publicised efforts at recovering those firearms from people possessing them illegally had yielded little or no results as they were either abandoned or the firearms later found their ways back into the hands of those from whom they were recovered.
“The urgent need to recover those illegal firearms from the public in order to guarantee security of lives and properties”, he said.
The motion was passed and adopted after it was put to a voice vote by its Speaker, Hon. Yakubu Dogara.