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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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Kebbi State Govt. Reiterates It’s Commitment In The Protection Of Lives And Properties Of It’s Citizens

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The Deputy Governor of Kebbi State, Rtd Col Sama'ila Yombe Dabai mni, fss, psc+, MBA, PhD
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Kebbi State Govt. Reiterates It’s Commitment In The Protection Of Lives And Properties Of It’s Citizens

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

The Deputy Governor of Kebbi State, Rtd Col Sama’ila Yombe Dabai mni, fss, psc+, MBA, PhD on Friday, led a high power state government delegation to Zuru Emirate on rapid response and assessment visit following banditry attacks in some communities of Danko/Wasagu local government area of the state.

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In a press statement duly signed and issue on Friday, by Atom Turba,
Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on New Media To The Deputy Governor of Kebbi State, said the delegation which consist of Ag Head of Service, Alh Suffiyanu Garba Bena, Special Adviser to the governor on security, Maj Rabiu Umar Kamba Rtd, Deputy Director Security Cabinet Office, Alh Abdulrahaman Usman earlier visited his royal higness, Maj Gen Dr Muhammadu Sani Sami, the Emir of Zuru to condole with him over the incidence.

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While receiving the delegation, the Emir of Zuru commended governor Bagudu’s effort on security challenges and sought for more and no mercy approach towards addressing the menace. He used the medium to call for revisiting the recommendations previously made with regards to security challenges in Zuru Emirate.

Similarly, the delegation visited 223 Light Tank Dakkarawa Barracks Zuru to condole with the families of the deceased soldiers died in action on Wednesday. In his condolence message on behalf of the state government, the Deputy Governor described death as invevitable, urged the families to take heart and bear with the situation and prayed for the repose of their souls.

The Special Adviser to the governor on security, Maj Rabiu Umar Kamba through the Deputy Governor, who on behalf of the state government, presented cash to the families of the deceased soldiers.

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The Deputy Governor in an interactive session with officers, encouraged them to endure and stand firm to protect their father’s land.

In a related development, the delegation were at the palace of district head of Kanya where they interacted with local vigilante group known as Yansakai who were on mission to some communities in the fight against bandits that storm the area.

Sama’ila Yombe Dabai commended the effort of the vigilante and insisted that on no account should marital, royalty, debt and civil related matters form part of their activities.

Similarly, Maliki, one of vigilante leader, who sustained injury from gunshot during the battle with bandits was visited in his house, Kangon Wasagu, cash support was offered to him.

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The Delegation further visited chief of Wasagu, Alh Musa Muhammed in his palace to condole with the people of Wasagu chiefdom over the loss of several lives to banditry attacks, discussed a lot of issues towards addressing the menace. Moreover, the delegation condoled with the families of late Haliru Abubakar who was killed by the bandits last week.

The delegation also made a stop over at general hospital Ribah to asses condition of the victims that sustained injuries during the attack.

People that accompanied the delegation include representative of C/O 223 light Tank Dakkarawa Barracks Zuru, The Area Commander, Nigeria Police Force, Zuru Area command, Divisional Police officers, representative of OC Mobile, DSS, Civil Defence, vigilante group.

The Deputy Governor of Kebbi State, Mr Yombe Samaila

The Deputy Governor of Kebbi State, Mr Yombe Samaila

Others are Alh Kabiru Yakaji (Magayakin Zuru), Alh Abiola, Ag. APC Chair Zuru local government, Alh Haliru Wasagu, Vice chairman, Danko/Wasagu local government among many others.

 

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Emir of Kano Urges Gov Bello To Sustain The Onslaught Against Criminal Elements In Kogi

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Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello and Emir of Kano, Dr Aminu Ado Bayero
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Emir of Kano Urges Gov Bello To Sustain The Onslaught Against Criminal Elements In Kogi

Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has been commended by the Emir of Kano, Dr Aminu Ado Bayero over his watertight strategies against insecurity in the state.

The Emir of Kano speaking while hosting the young governor urged him to sustain the onslaught against criminal elements in his state.

The Royal Father emphasized that no society develops in the absence of peace, as peace is the foundation of every societal growth, adding when one segment of the society is in turmoil, all others are ultimately opened to inherent dangers and resultant effects.

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He urged everyone to be fully involved in the fight against insecurity.

The governor who met with the Emir in Abuja on Sunday appreciated him for recognizing his effort in the fight against insecurity and also acknowledging the development strides the state has recorded under his administration.

Bello disclosed that before he assumed office, the Confluence state was hitherto the kidnap capital of Nigeria where dreaded kidnappers and other criminal elements reigned with impunity. His administration, he stated, has, however, changed the situation as kogi state is now a safe haven for citizens and prospective investors within and outside Nigeria.

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello and Emir of Kano, Dr Aminu Ado Bayero

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello and Emir of Kano, Dr Aminu Ado Bayero

He thanked the Royal Father for his continued support for leaders in authority while urging him to continue to leave his door open for young leaders and followers who come to tap from his wisdom.

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Gov Abubakar S. Bello Blasts His SA As Niger Fishermen Identify Bandit’s Route.

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Gov Abubakar S. Bello Blasts His SA As Niger Fishermen Identify Bandit’s Route.

 

Fish sellers operating at the bank of River Kaduna near Zugeru town in Niger state; have taken Governor Abubakar Sani Bello to route used by bandits to launch dreaded attacks on surrounding communities without the presence of police and other security agencies.

The governor was said to have stopped at the spot while returning from a function in Mariga local government of the state for mind rubbing discussion before the fishermen dramatically showed him the bandit’s route.

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One of them who identified himself as Adamu, speaking in Hausa said, “This is the route the bandits usually follow to attacks us. They come through this route and go back through this same route. They have no other route, this is the only route.”

The governor asked the people if they had reported this to the security agents in the area to enable them take action.

He was however shocked when they replied that no security agent had ever come to do any investigation since the incidents of kidnap started in the area.

The governor, apparently surprised, turned to his special adviser on security, Brigadier General Iman (rtd), who was in the governor’s entourage to respond asking him if he was aware that no security agent had visited the area despite series of bandits attacks as alleged by the people.

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However, the security adviser responded with an explanation that the sophisticated weapons being paraded by the bandits are responsible for the inability of the security agencies to go after the bandits.

Governor Bello was said to be furious with his adviser on security asking him to explain sources of security report he filed to Governor’office.

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He said, “If no security agent has come here to get first hand information on these attacks, then where are they getting their security reports from. That means I am being fed with fake security reports from you.”

Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello

Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello

“So where have you being getting your security reports from, or you just sat down in one place and write security reports”, he queried adding that “what this means is that the people have been left alone, they have been left to their faith. Am highly disappointed from what I am hearing today.”

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Source: Blue Print Report.

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