Plateau Attack: Rep Wants Laws To Legalise Arms Bearing For Nigerians

Representative Yusuf Gagdi (APC-Plateau) has called on the National Assembly to enact laws that will permit Nigerian to bear arms in oder to defend themselves.

Gagdi, representing  Pankshin, Kanke and Kanam Federal Constituency of the state, made the call in an interview with journalists in Kanam. 

The lawmaker said he had earlier visited some communities in Kanam and Wase local government areas recently attacked by gunmen.

TMSnewshe reports that terrorists suspected to be Fulani militias last Sunday stormed some communities in Kanam and Wase, where no fewer than 150 persons were killed and many houses burnt.

According to Gagdi, legalising the bearing of arms would go a long way toward addressing the spate of attacks and killings in communities.

He, however, said stiffer measures must be put in place to regulate the use of the arms by the citizens.

“If we want 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 they do, the casualty will not be this high.

“But there must be regulation on the use of the arms; anyone who misuses it should be imprisoned or even sentenced to death by hanging.

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

Gagdi called on security agencies to always work on intelligence reports at their disposals to avert incidences 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.

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

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  1. Why would a rep be suggesting this kind of talk to the house? Legalizing weapons, will be a smooth road to destructions. Our Treasury is trying to mop up the illegal weapons and you’re saying they should legalize it. Senseless rubbish talk.

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