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My Ink: How to curb proliferation of Illegal Firearms in Nigeria

By Issa Saliu | issa_saliu@yahoo.com | +2348033505422 

The proliferation of firearms has remained a threat to the security of lives as well as a major challenge facing our society. These illegal possessions of firearms have led to the mass killing of unarmed individuals and groups of people at innocuous events and locations such as concerts, family gatherings and places of worship. There’s been a rise in the illegal possession of unlicensed firearms among youths and individuals.

It is worrisome that more often than not the firearms and weapons get into the wrong hands and it makes it increasingly difficult for security operatives to prevent terrorist attacks at close proximity. 

Recently, a Bill for an ACT to Amend the Firearms Act, CAP F28, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004” moved for the provision of an increase in fine and a provision for the destruction of firearms illegally imported into the country or individuals in possession of weapons without valid license. With the proposed amendment to this Act, the Nigerian Senate has come up with sensible and effective firearms laws that will make it harder for criminals to get their hands on illegal firearms.

This gesture will build public confidence in overall efforts to eradicate illegal firearms and prevent firearms from finding their way back into the society. In support of the quick passage of the Firearms Act, it was gathered that apart from the fines and other punitive measures proposed by it would also be strengthening existing laws to ensure that shipping agents and other companies involved in the importation of illegal firearms into the nation will be held liable. This has made it imperative to amend the ineffectual firearms law in existence in the phase of the modern, sophisticated trend in weapons trafficking and outbreak of violence.

The pulverizer will assist the law enforcement agencies to destroy the increasing number of confiscated and surrendered firearms. This way, illicit guns will not find its way back into the hands of criminal elements. In Ilorin for instance, we have recorded many cases of senseless killings among our youths and this ugly trend has continued to define the new face of our society with little or no regards for established laws on gun possession. Early this week, a sad event took place as 18 year-old boy, identified as Abdulrasheed Ibrahim, of Muse's compound, Kuntu area, Ilorin West Local Government in Kwara State was attacked and killed by hoodlums suspected to members of the Bado cult.

The event thrown the entire Kuntu area in Ilorin into panic when it was gathered that killers were between ages of 17 to 19 was involved in assasination operation. The victim was at eve party of one of his friends (name witheld) at SakelePakata area Ilorin when some groups of hoodlums including an all-female subgroup called 'Oh baby' joined their male counterpart called Bado to perpetrate the evil by took up their sophisticated weapons and the their target. 

Report also has that the deceased was at home at about 10:30pm when he was called on his mobile phone to attend a friend's graduation eve party at Sakele area. It gathered that the unsuspected victim that night arrived into the waiting hands of his assailants, who then attacked him with dangerous weapons and injured him and in a week later he gave up at undisclosed local hospital.
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