BREAKING: Buhari Reportedly Revokes Gun License, Nigerians Kick
Unofficial sources have disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday, signed a law to revoke all firearm or shotgun certificates or licenses in Nigeria with executive powers.
According to the source, the law will take effect from 1st June, 2019.
The law, when it takes effect, will ensure that nobody in the country is now allowed to own or carry firearms ion the country.
The source further revealed that only authorised officers of the Nigeria Police Force and the Nigerian Army, as well as select authorized agencies, are fully authorised to carry arms.
It was gathered that officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps [NSCDC], as well relevant security organisations are no longer allowed to carry weapons from 1st June 2019.
All arms owners are forthwith required to hand in back all types of firearm licenses or certificates issued to them in the past to the nearest police headquarter in one’s state of residence.
The Special Aide to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina is yet to confirm the development to ElombahNews after an SMS was sent to his phone numbers seeking for clarify clarifications.
The new law, if and when applied, is contrary to the ultimatum issued on February 25, 2018, by the Lagos State Police Command which gave ultimatum to individuals with ‘pump action firearm’ and other guns to submit their arms and licences for verification and re-validation.
The ultimatum was contained in a statement by the command spokesman, Chike Oti.
Oti, who said the exercise became necessary in view of the security challenges in the country, stated:
“Those issued with licences to bear pump action firearm or other repeating firearm operated by a slide action mechanism, by the Lagos State Police Command Firearms Registry(D7), are to submit their weapons and Licences to the Divisional Police Officer of the closest Police Station for verification, confirmation and revalidation.
“The move is to enable the command to update its data base with information about the owners, licences, and state of the firearms.
“The owners of these types of firearms are given two weeks grace period from the date of this publication (Feb. 24) to submit themselves for the exercise which will last till March 29.”
The statement added that all licenced gun owners, who refused to participate in the exercise, would be deemed as illegitimate.
“Such an individual or group would be arrested and charged for unlawful possession of firearm(s) in accordance with the provisions of Prohibited Firearms Act 2004, Laws of the Federation,” the police said.
Reacting to the new law, a group, The Nigerian Wailers has, however, kicked against the development.
Taking to its Twitter handle, The Wailers said:
“FGN should first of all disarm all the Fulani Herdsmen, Kidnappers with sophisticated AK-47s and those owing them illegally across the country especially in the North, revoking legal gun licenses across the country is not the first step, except there is more to this move.
“You cannot revoke the licenses of people with legal backing, while kidnappers, herdsmen, Boko Haram and other illegal gun owners are still going about with mass murder weapons, that’s like making it easier for more people to be killed without any option of defense.
“That’s a systemic way of emboldening terrorists.”
An analyst with ElombahNews , objecting to the new law, stated the President Buhari should actually be legalizing arms ownership due to incessant attacks and killings by various terror groups, instead of withdrawing them from users.
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