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Senate Summons Security Chiefs Over Proliferation Of Fire Arms



Senate yesterday resolved to summon all security chiefs to explain why there is rampant possession of firearms by unauthorised persons.

Although no date has been fixed for the appearance of the Security Chiefs before the Senate but National Assembly sources said the summon would be issued before the end of the week.

Specifically, the Red chamber will interface with Heads of Army,  Navy,  Air Force, the Police, Directorate of State Security Service  (DSS) and that of Customs.

Senate is worried that the spate of unrest due to illegal possession of fire arms by unauthorised persons has negatively affected the economy and agricultural activities in the country.

The lawmakers are concerned that the illegal arms possession has resulted to heinous attacks and gruesome killings of innocent citizens.

The Senate further noted that the herdsmen attacks, dastardly killings by Boko Haram sect, as well as other criminal activities are perpetrated by murderous armed bandits carrying illegally acquired firearms.

It said if the dangerous situation is not abated and allowed to deteriorate, there would be famine and the economy will diminish like that of countries plagued by war and crises.

Disturbed that relevant security departments and agencies of government entrusted with the responsibility of regulating influx of fire arms have failed woefully in discharge of their duties, Senate insisted that drastic measures must be urgently taken to end the menace.

Consequently, asides inviting the security chiefs, the Senate has further mandated its committee on intelligence and national security to conduct a thorough investigation to unravel remote and immediately causes of the firearms proliferation.

The resolution of the Senate was sequel to a motion on the proliferation of dangerous firearms in Nigeria by Suleiman Hunkuyi (APC, Kaduna North).

According to Hunkuyi, the need for security officers to discuss with Senate on ways to put an end to the unfortunate situation is imperative.

He stated that tribal, communal, religious and other sectarian clashes are devastating due to wrongful and easy acquisition of firearms.

Concurring with the motion, Senator Shehu Sani (APC, Kaduna Central) alleged that politicians were the major cause of the ugly situation because,  according to him, they employ army of thugs and equip them during political activities.

In his remarks, Senate President Bukola Saraki lamented the wrongful possession of arms and assured that Senate would not rest in finding solutions to the problem.