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Nigeria must legalise arms for citizens to end bandits attacks: Lawmaker

”If we want to curtail the spate of attacks in communities, we should make laws that will permit citizens to carry arms.”

• April 16, 2022
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Federal lawmaker Yusuf Gagdi (APC-Plateau) says the National Assembly should enact laws permitting Nigerians to bear arms to defend themselves against terrorist attacks.

Mr Gagdi, representing Pankshin, Kanke and Kanam Federal Constituency of the state, said this would curb the spate of insecurity ravaging Nigerian communities.

”If we want to curtail the spate of attacks in communities, we should make laws that will permit citizens to carry arms.

”If for instance, those who attacked my people know that the locals also have arms, they won’t come, and even if they do, the casualty will not be this high,” he told journalists on Saturday.

Nonetheless, he said that there must be regulations on the use of arms, just as he suggested that whoever misuses arms should be jailed or get a death sentence.

”But I tell you, if citizens are allowed to carry these arms to protect themselves, all these attacks and killings will end,” he reiterated.

The lawmaker said he had earlier visited some communities in Kanam and Wase local government areas where bandits killed 106 persons and burnt several houses.

Mr Gagdi called on security agencies to always work on intelligence reports at their disposals to avert situations that could lead to security breach.

He said that the attacks in his constituency could had been avoided if the security agencies acted on the intelligence report at their disposal.

The lawmaker, however, lauded the military for the prompt response and deployment of personnel to the affected communities.


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