The House of Representatives has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to reverse the Executive Order revoking all gun certificates and licences throughout the federation. This was sequel to adoption of a motion of Matter of Urgent Public Importance by Rep. Nnenna Ukeje representing for PDP (Abia) at the plenary on Thursday.
According to the members, the order strips innocent people of the right to life and self defence. Leading the debate, Ukeje expressed concern over the rising spate of insecurity in the country, PM News Reports.
She said that insecurity, which was hitherto confined to the North East and North Central states, had spread rapidly to all other parts of the country.
The lawmaker also said that there was an increase in the number of deaths resulting from terrorism, kidnapping and banditry; as well as other violent crimes in the country.
Ukeje said that in response to the local and international outcry, the President signed an executive order to remove, revoke and banish all gun certificates and licences throughout the federation.
She said that the order was targeted at legal gun owners while there appeared to be no institutional actionable policy or plan to mop up small arms and light weapons in the country.
The legislator said that she was convinced that the high number of illegal guns was responsible, amongst other factors, for the increase in crime across the country.
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