OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to rescind a “rumored executive ban” on licensed weapon.
The decision followed a motion of urgent public importance moved by Nnenna Elendu (PDP, Abia) during Thursday’s plenary.
In her lead debate, Elendu stated that while the president derives the power to issue executive order from section 33(2) of the Constitution, she argued that the order violates Section 44(1) of the constitution.
She said, ‘Section 33(2) states that “A person shall not be regarded as having been deprived of his life in contravention of this section, if he dies as a result of the use, to such extent and in such circumstances as are permitted by law, of such force as is reasonably necessary – (a) for the defence of any person from unlawful violence or for the defence of property”
‘Section 44(1) also state that “no movable property or any interest in an immovable property shall be taken possession of compulsorily and no right over or interest in any such property shall be acquired compulsorily in any part of Nigeria except in the manner and for the purposes prescribed by a law that, among other things – (a) requires the prompt payment of compensation…..
“Having relied on this two sections of the constitution, I could put forward a strong constitutional argument to challenge the wisdom of that executive Order.”
She noted that the main challenge in the fight against arm proliferation are porous border, calling for control of the porous borders to prevent proliferation.
Edward Pwajok (PDP, Plateau) said that 99.9% of legal owners of guns do not use it for killings or kidnapping.
Also kicking against the purported gun mopping, Abubakar Chika (APC, Niger) stated gun ownership by private citizens discourage armed robbery attack.
“Smaller thieves are afraid of going to some houses, thinking they have licensed guns. We should rather have re-certification. I don’t have a gun, and there are people with guns around me. It helps in securing the environment. If the president want us to be killed…..”
Speaking against the motion, Mojeed Alabi (APC, Osun) explained that the order will ensure that the process for acquiring gun permit is transparent, as he disclosed attempt to extort him for permit.
“The police controls the use of guns, the question we must ask is, what is the requirement of issuing gun licence, I have been victim of robbery, I have applied for gun, and refused, I was asked to offer bribe, why would some get, some would not.
“I will support the breakdown of the process for application. In other climes, I would love to have decentralise. Why would some people have some, some would not, let us have regulations brought before the house.”
The motion was also supported by Simeon Arabo (PDP, Kaduna) described the ban as over reaching.