By Alex Okoro

OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has called on security agencies to curb the illegal possession of firearms in the the country.

And to follow up on the matter, the House on Thursday mandated its Committee on National Security and Intelligence; and Police Affairs to meet with other security outfits and stakeholders to device means of addressing the situation.

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The resolution was arrived at after a motion on ‘Need to Intensify Efforts to Check Illegal Possession of Firearms Across the Country’ sponsored by Mr. Odebunmi Dokun, was carried.

In his lead debate, Dokun noted that arms, ammunition and explosives are items number two on the Exclusive Legislative List in the Second Schedule, Part 1 of the 1999 Constitution and clearly defined in Section 2 of the Firearms Act, Cap F28, LFN, 2004.

According to him, the proliferation and high rate of illegal possession of firearms by individuals and groups is in violation of Section 3, 4, 8, 11 and 12 of the Firearms Act.

After lamenting that previous efforts made to recover these illegal firearms had yielded little or no results, he concluded that this had substantially contributed to the high rate of crime and insecurity in Nigeria.

After thorough deliberations, the motion was referred to the Committee on National Security and Intelligence and Police Affairs to probe the matter and report back to the House  within four weeks for further legislative action



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