Fidelity bank banner UBA banner
Terrorism: FG reviews Firearms Act, moves to stop weapons proliferation

By News Express on 15/10/2014

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 2,613


The Federal Government, as part of its broader strategy to stop the illicit flow of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) into the country, has moved to strengthen the firearms laws through the proposed amendment of the 1959 Nigerian Firearms Act and the Firearms Act CAP F28 LFN 2004.

This was the focus of the Two-day Experts Roundtable on the Repeal of the Nigerian “Firearms Act” organised by the Presidential Committee on SALW (PRESCOM) to examine administrative mechanisms and laws controlling the proliferation of SALW in Nigeria.

Speaking at the opening of the event in Abuja, the Chairman, PRESCOM, Amb. Emmanuel Imohe, said that the roundtable would also examine the adequacy of the Firearms Act, the enforcement mechanisms established therein for the control of the flow of SALW, and to make recommendations for the harmonisation of the Act with the new convention.

According to Imohe, the 1959 Act is both obsolete and does not reflect the realities and challenges associated with SALW proliferation, which has been feeding the dastardly acts of terrorist and insurgent groups like Boko Haram.

He noted that the effectiveness of the implementation of the ECOWAS Convention on SALW depends largely on the potency of the member states national gun laws, the potency of the institutional framework for the implementation of the convention (notably the National Commission) as well as the conformity or harmonisation of the national gun laws in Member States to the provisions of the ECOWAS Convention.

The former Director General of Nigerian Intelligence Agency (NIA), however, lamented that the “law is not strong enough to constitute a deterrent on the nefarious activities of such criminals” and the “existing Act lacks the bite to hand over commensurate sanctions to culprits or breaches of the Act.

“The said law was actually crafted in 1959, during Nigeria’s colonial era and at a time the country had not begun to experience serious problems in connection with proliferation of illicit weapons.

“Although there had been one or two amendments to this law since then, in the opinion of PRESCOM and within informed circles, this law, essentially, remains weak and therefore inadequate for dealing with the modern, sophisticated trends we see today in weapons trafficking and allied offences.”

“In the first place, the law, done in the colonial era, did not anticipate some of the trends of offences that are now beginning to emerge under the rubric of proliferation. Secondly, the penalties contained in the existing Act are weak, consequently offenders continue to get away with light sentences and then return to jeer at the system and to resume their nefarious business,” Imohe added.

Speaking further, the former Nigerian Ambassador to the Unites States, said that since President Goodluck Jonathan inaugurated PRESCOM last year, they have agonised about the problem posed by the proliferation of illicit weapons to national peace and security, especially the role of illegal arms in strengthening non-state actors and reinforcing criminal networks like Boko Haram terrorist group.

He remarked that the Presidency has considered that in addition to a regime of suggested measures to resolve the weapons proliferation, such as improved border security, aggressive public awareness and sensitisation campaigns, and the enhancement of the capacities of security agencies to deal with the problem through focused training and deployment of modern technology, amongst others, there would continue to be a missing link, until the weak law for dealing with such offences is re-done.

Meanwhile, he said, the proposed amendment was carried out by PRESCOM in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Justice, and technical and expert inputs the security agencies, Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF), ECOWAS Commission, ICRC, and UNREC, amongst others.

The current firearms laws are contained in the exclusive legislative list provided in the schedule to the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria, meaning that only the Federal Government can make laws regulation SAWL. In addition, the central law for the regulation of SALW in Nigeria is the Firearms Act, 1959, Chapter F28, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, which made provision for regulating the possession of and dealing in firearms and ammunition including muzzle-loading firearms, and for matters ancillary thereto.

Other laws are the Robbery and Firearms Act, 1984, and the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) Act, 1964, Chapter.D4, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

•Photo shows PRESCOM Chairman, Amb. Emmanuel Imohe.

Source News Express

Posted 15/10/2014 10:02:26 PM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

 

You may also like...
EFCC re-arraigns Fani-Kayode, Nenadi Usman

Work starts soon on 2nd Niger Bridge —FG...

Investigation into Agip pipeline explosion underway, says Bayelsa...

Bayelsa declares N889 million deficit balance for June;...

Islamic State loyalists claim responsibility for Abuja suicide...

Man begins trek from Lagos to Abuja, says...

NiMET predicts sunny and hot weather in the...

Forgery: Again, court dismisses serial fraudster, Nwude’s application...

Liberia’s VP throws in the towel, congratulates President-elect...

It will be a sunny Sunday in the...

Nigeria-Moroccan venture to produce one million tons of...

Amosun rewards Paralympian, Coach with N1.5m

 

Latest News EFCC lists 22 witnesses to testify against Fayose IPOB reveals Nnamdi Kanu’s position on 2019 Presidential election Boko Haram sacks two communities in Borno Ministry releases details of billions spent on 292 water projects in 7 years 45 Nigerian firms flaunt potential at SNEPCo exhibition 2019: Arewa youths threaten to stop Atiku over Fani-Kayode, Nnamdi Kanu Minimum Wage: NLC threatens to embark on fresh industrial action on November 6 I will contest in 2019, says Shehu Sani Don’t disenfranchise Zamfara electorate, CLO tells INEC •Urges Buhari to call Oshiomhole to order Wike an Action Governor — Prof. Gidado Buhari set to visit Seme border Police arrests drug store operator for murder in Borno

 

Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (408,348 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (383,287 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (315,689 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (258,679 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (238,148 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (224,832 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (204,643 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (186,063 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (170,891 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (166,211 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (161,892 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (149,611 views)

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (70) Business & Economy (3,701) Business Verdict (52) Columnists (949) Complaints & Requests (94) Enterprise & Opportunities (207) Entertainment (561) Features (660) Global Business Monitor (304) International (2,559) Interview (165) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (145) News (39,805) Opinion (1,126) Pidgin (13) Politics (7,325) Religion (883) Sports (1,738) Stock Watch (35) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

NLNG Prize for Literature 2018

Zenith Zero Balance

CBN banner

Firstmobile banner

 

 

 

NEWS EXPRESS TV

LIBYA vs NIGERIA 2-3 Goals Highlights

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera

Advertisement