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Arms: Why Amotekun, Benue corps may not get AK-47 licence

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There are strong indications that moves by some governors to secure licences for their respective volunteer corps to carry assault rifles and combat the raging insecurity in their domain may continue to hit a brick wall.

This is because the embargo on the issuance of fresh firearms licences imposed on the police since 2013 have yet to be lifted, repeatedly bringing to naught efforts by some states to arm their security outfits and defend residents in their domain.

Sources in the police told Saturday PUNCH that there was no plan to lift the embargo due to the insecurity across the country. They ruled out the possibility of lifting the embargo anytime soon, saying plans by the governors to write the President may not yield any result.

The latest to declare his intention to request for the licence was the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, who said on Thursday after inaugurating the state’s Community Volunteer Guards, that he would legally procure Ak-47, Ak-49 and other sophisticated weapons for the guards.

He lamented that the Federal Government had consistently failed to disarm terrorists rampaging through the streets, killing people, abducting innocent persons and destroying people’s property, as he noted that no fewer than 5,000 persons had been killed in the state since 2015.

“The issue of AK-47, AK-49 and other weapons are the prerogative of the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. That is why in my inauguration speech today, I said we will seek, and by tomorrow, I’m submitting a letter to the president to grant a licence for AK-47, AK49 to our community volunteer guards,” he said in an interview on Arise TV on Thursday night.

While the Firearms Act allows the president to exercise his powers to grant licence through the Inspector-General of Police, successive IGPs prior to the emergence of Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) as the President in 2015 had retained the licensing embargo.



4 Comments

Arms: Why Amotekun, Benue corps may not get AK-47 licence - Kingsley Pius - 4:40 am

Hmmmmm nawa ooo

Arms: Why Amotekun, Benue corps may not get AK-47 licence - GANI ISHAKU - 2:07 pm

Is nice giving them weapons but having such weapons will make them to misuse such weapons by some politicians in power.

Arms: Why Amotekun, Benue corps may not get AK-47 licence - oluwasanmi Abimbola - 9:54 am

Hmmmmm

Arms: Why Amotekun, Benue corps may not get AK-47 licence - Kim Monday - 12:52 pm

There is a reason for everything