Insecurity: Buhari calls for enactment of laws on small arms, light weapons

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President Muhammadu Buhari has transmitted two bills which seek to prohibit influx of small arms and light weapons into the country, and regulate the manufacturing, storage, possession, use, distribution, purchase, sale, transportation, importation, and exportation of explosives and for related matters for legislative action.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila read the cover letters attached to the bills, on the floor of the House.

In line with extant legislative practice, the two bills have scaled through the First reading and are expected to be gazetted for Second Reading by the House Committee on Rules and Business.

“Pursuant to Section 58(2) of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), I forward herewith, the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons Bill 2021 for the kind consideration by the House of Representatives.

“The Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons Bill 2021 seeks to transform the Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapons into a National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons under the Office of the National Security Adviser.

“National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons, when fully operationalized, would go a long way at expressing Nigeria’s optimism and practical commitment to the global fight against the proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons, including the mopping up of existing Small Arms and Light Weapons which have become a significant driver of insecurity across the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

In the same vein, President Buhari solicited for the cooperation of the House on the timely passage of the bill which seeks to repeal the Explosives Act 1964 and enact the Explosives Act.

“Pursuant to section 58(2) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), I forward herewith the Explosives Bill 2021 for the kind consideration by the House of Representatives.

“The Explosives Bill 2021 seeks to repeal the Explosives Act 1964 and enact the Explosives Act, to regulate the manufacture, storage, possession, use, distribution, purchase, sale, transportation, importation, and exportation of explosives and for related matters,” the letter read in part.

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