On Tuesday, the Nigerian Senate moved a motion calling for more severe sanctions on illegal possession of firearms.
Speaking on the proposed sanctions contained in ‘The Firearms Act CAP F28 LFN 2004 (amendment) Bill, 2021’ sponsored by Senator Uba Sani (Kaduna Central), the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan said that the move is would help checkmate the activities of criminals in the country.
The bill which was referred to the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters for further deliberations, was first passed in the 8th Assembly, but failed to get President Muhammadu Buhari’s assent.
Lawan said, “Let me commend the sponsor of this bill and indeed all of us in the Senate for remaining consistent on discussing the security situation in the country.”
“The security situation would have been far better if we are able to control the proliferation of firearms in the country. I believe that there is no compromise for stiffer penalties for anyone caught with an illegal arm.”
“The security situation can still be reversed whilst we continue to remain focused and committed.”