29th November, 2021
By Martins Abochol
Chief Ben Adaji, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has advised the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to grant licences to reasonable Nigerians to bear arms for self defense.
Adaji who gave the advise while briefing newsmen in Jalingo on Sunday, said the situation where innocent Nigerians are living in perpetual fear of attack from bandits and kidnappers is worrisome.
The APC Chieftain, who is also a veteran Journalist and an expert on human security and counter terrorism, observed that security should no longer be left in the hands of security personnel alone.
He noted that the rising spate of kidnapping and banditry across the country should be a thing of concern to all Nigerians.
He also said that some non-combatant measures are equally required to nip the menace in the bud.
“You will agree with me that because of the large population of Nigeria, it is not possible for security agencies to be in every home to provide security for Nigerians.
“Therefore, it has become imperative for certain categories of Nigerians to be licensed to bear arms for self protection,” he said.
Adaji, a two-time aspirant for house of representatives for Ankpa Federal constituency in Kogi state, advised the military to take advantage of the recent court order on bandits as a terrorists to deal decisive with Boko Haram and the bandits.
According to him, with the recent court pronouncement of bandits as a terrorists group, the military should ensure adequate use of the Tucano fighter air craft procured from the United States to eliminate the bandits and Boko Haram elements.
The APC Chieftain further advised the government to create more employment opportunities as well as tackle poverty which are also variables that caused insecurity.
Adaji also advised the Federal government to embark on massive disarmament campaign with sincerity of purpose to mop up all sophisticated arms which may be found in wrong hands all over the country.
He charged the newly-established Centre for the Control of Light and Small Arms, domiciled in the Office of the National Security Adviser, to step up campaign against illegal bearing and possession of arms.
The security expert also advocated for the establishment of special courts for speedy trial of citizens in possession of illegal arms, adding that such measures would control the proliferation of arms in Nigeria.
Adaji advised the new centre to deploy intelligence to all land borders and ports of entry to detect the illegal movement of arms into the country.
He advised Nigerians to be conscious of their immediate environment as well as discountenance leaving total responsibility of their own individual and collective security to security agencies.