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Insecurity: The Gun Control Debate In Nigeria.

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By Elempe Dele

Today, in Nigeria, there are some elements that do not subscribe to the entity; they are laws onto themselves. They have a boundariless Quasi State within this country and their activities are basically illegal. These individuals and groups fall into different categories: terrorists, bandits, armed robbers, kidnappers…their activities have been busy trying to make Nigeria one of the most dangerous place in the world to live. I will not want to go into the known fact of how the tribilistic tendencies of General Buhari helped fuel this anomie, nor his broken-egg approach towards security without any single evidence of hope for the past 5 years.

“I am internalizing the issue of insecurity concerning the huge debate to whether gun possession and acquisition should be made legal (though with rigorous profiling to help control it’s proliferation) I think now is the time to push for the idea of citizens having the rights and opportunities to acquire guns because of the level of insecurity that has become a pall around the country. Of course there are debates as to whether these guns won’t be proliferated or get into wrong hands. Yes, this concern cannot be discounted totally, however, the need for citizens to own guns now outweighs the fear of the aftermath of this ownership.”

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The average Nigerian citizen who is law abiding and that cannot afford personal police protection is at the mercies of bandits, armed robbers, kidnappers and terrorists. Our highways are now chessboards for kidnappers and roadmaps to untimely deaths. The citizens look helplessly and defenceless as these opportunists hold their lives hostage. It is now a miracle in Nigeria to travel and get to destination…some even go as far as celebrating journey mercies with church thanksgiving.

My argument for gun possession is that if we are mostly in possession of legal guns, we won’t be totally rendered defenceless during these spades of attacks that has characterized the Nigerian state. Imagine in a bus while traveling, 3-7 citizens in the vehicle have their guns with them, in your neighborhood, virtually everyone has, in villages where these terrorists and bandits operate, the villagers have the kinds of guns the assiliants have, or famers have enough modern guns to wade of these Fulani killers, kidnappers and rapists…I think the security situation will be a story with different dimension. It is unthinkable that those criminals who possess these illegal guns use them against the law abiding citizens without any form of resistance. In the West were possession of gun is legal, you can’t just go to compromise someone’s house in a bid to rob him without getting shot. So this has helped in checking robbery incidents to a large extent.

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In some instances where we use vigilante groups to complement the police, they are issued mostly Dane guns as against AK47 that these criminals have. It’s like fighting a man with a gun using a cudgel.

Until we take a serious relationship look at the issuance of sophisticated guns for the personal protection of the citizens, the issue of insecurity in Nigeria will be part of our sorry story for a long while.

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Kidnapping Resurges In Kogi, Bello Seeks NAF Assistance.

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Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Oladayo Amao and Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello at NFA Headquarters, Abuja.
Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Oladayo Amao and Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello at NFA Headquarters, Abuja.
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Tension, fear and apprehension has gripped the people of Kogi state following resurgence of kidnappings and other criminal activities.

Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Oladayo Amao and Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello at NFA Headquarters, Abuja.

Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Oladayo Amao and Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello at NFA Headquarters, Abuja.

Reports from the central senatorial district indicated that a first class traditional ruler, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Muhammed Adembe, the Adogu of Eganyi, in Ajaokuta local government area of the state, has been kidnapped on Tuesday in a broad day light by some unknown gunmen.

Also a prominent Pharmacist in Okene was on Monday hounded away by yet to be identified suspected kidnappers said to be dressed like security operatives, while in Kabba town another Pharmacist was abducted and taken away to an unknown destination.

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It was also reported on Wednesday that a Pastor of the ECWA church Tawari in Kogi local government area of the state alongside his wife have been allegedly kidnapped by yet to be identified suspected kidnappers.

Prior to the recent upsurge of kidnappings, there have been pockets of criminal activities including abductions and robberies across the state, forcing many residents to relocate to other areas.

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Investigation revealed that the invaders are those bandits displaced from the north east and northwest where they have been over powered by the security forces.

It was based on the resurgence of kidnappings and other criminal activities that Governor Yahaya Bello, earlier this week, called on the Federal government to establish a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) base in the State.

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Governor Bello made the call on Monday when he paid a courtesy visit on the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Oladayo Amao at NFA Headquarters, Abuja.

He stressed that the establishment of an air force base in the state would check the activities of bandits as well as facilitate intelligence gathering against criminal elements who have established safe haven in some parts of the state.

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Insecurity: Kebbi Deputy Governor Reacts To Danko/Wasagu Killings, Says It Is Time To Restructure Vigilante Groups To Complement Security Efforts.

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the Kebbi State Deputy Governor Dr. Sama'ila Yombe Dabai addressing newsmen shortly after a program
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Insecurity: Kebbi Deputy Governor Reacts To Danko/Wasagu Killings, Says It Is Time To Restructure Vigilante Groups To Complement Security Efforts.

Deputy Governor of Kebbi State, Dr Sama’ila Yombe Dabai has reacted to the killings as a result of banditry attacks that claimed the lives of about 100 people in Chediya, Gaya, D’pindu, Rafin Gora among other villages of Danko Wasagu local government area of the state.

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The Deputy Governor who was reacting to the incidence through the telephone conversation , added that it is time to restructure local vigilante group to complement security efforts and the process had begun having received a profiling report to be digested.

The Deputy Governor in a statement issue by his Senior Special Assistant on new Media, Tom Turba noted contrary to reports that Yansakai were banned, he cautioned that no order banning Yansakai but on no account should government watch them becoming law enforcement agents in town to the extent of taking over cases of land, rape, debt, royalty etc against the principle (banditry attacks) for which they naturally emerged.

The Deputy Governor of Kebbi State, Rtd Col Sama'ila Yombe Dabai mni, fss, psc+, MBA, PhD

The Deputy Governor of Kebbi State, Rtd Col Sama’ila Yombe Dabai mni, fss, psc+, MBA, PhD

He described how he has been up and doing on behalf of Governor Bagudu to ensure Yansakai collaborated with security agents and operate within the confines of the law.

Banditry: Deputy Governor Of Kebbi Reacts To Danko/Wasagu Killings, Says It’s Time To Restructure Vigilante Groups To Complement Security Efforts

Responding to blockage of governor’s convoy in Ribah, Sama’ila Yombe Dabai described the act as disgraceful and uncalled for, therefore such acts must not repeat itself considering how the governor amid engagements had been in touch with the victims of banditry attacks. He added that there are various ways of expressing anger on leaders in a manner that no one will fault such actions. He maintained that attitude of Zuru people is known for respect and not contrary.

“Strategy to address the menace must change while noting security challenges as a national phenomenon”, the Deputy Governor further revealed.

 

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INEC OFFICE IN NJABA LGA OF IMO STATE SET ABLAZE

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INEC OFFICE IN NJABA LGA OF IMO STATE SET ABLAZE

 

By: Janet Samuel

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Imo State, Professor Francis Ezeonu, has reported that the office Independent National Electoral Commission INEC in Njaba Local Government Area of Imo State was set ablaze on Sunday 30th May 2021.

According to Prof. Ezeonu, no life was lost, but the building was substantially burnt down, along with electoral materials, office equipment and furnitures.

The latest incident which has been reported to the Police for investigation, came exactly a week after INEC Office in Ahiazu Mbaise LGA of the State was vandalized on Sunday 23rd May 2021.

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It is also the 8th INEC Office to be attacked in Imo State since the 2019 General Election.

The total number of INEC Offices attacked nationwide since 2019 has now risen to 42.

INEC buildings, infrastructure and equipment are critical national assets that guarantee the continuity of electoral activities throughout the federation.

Attacking these offices is not in the national interest and has the capacity of compromising electoral activities and the credibility of the democratic process.

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