Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Senate raises fine for illicit deals of guns from N1,000 to N1 million

The Senate on Wednesday passed the Firearms Act 2004 (Amendment) Bill 2021, expanding the fine for unlawful importation and offer of guns from N1,000 to N1 million.

This follows the thought of the report of its Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters which was introduced at the entire meeting of the upper authoritative chamber, as indicated by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)

The Chairman of the Committee, Senator Michael Bamidele, while introducing the report said that the fine was fixed at N1,000 in the surviving Act which was not reformatory enough to discourage unlawful importation and offer of guns.

Bamidele said, ”Section 35 of the Bill was additionally changed to force a fine of N3 million or detainment for a very long time or both on any individual who neglected to give up illicit guns to significant specialists at whatever point so coordinated.

Condition 39 of the Bill, which manages the ability to seize and obliterate seized illicit guns, was revised to accommodate the incorporation of other law requirement organizations other than the Police and the military.

This is fundamental in light of the fact that the ability to take or hold onto illicit guns ought to be comprehensive and not restricted to a specific arm of power or law implementation organization.”

The Bill additionally changed Sub-provisions (4) and (5) of Clause 39 to permit guns that are not of military useful grades but rather are functional to be sent for use by Civilian Joint Task Forces and enlisted watchfulness gatherings.

This part, in any case, expresses that it must be finished with the endorsement and oversight of the Office of the National Security Adviser

Bamidele noticed that this is significant in light of the fact that these joint teams are additionally supported by the public authority adding that the Bill had gotten basic considering the expansion of guns and the security challenges the nation was confronted with.

Primary concern

The section of this bill is coming at the ideal opportunity when the nation is confronting genuine security challenges that have been exacerbated by the multiplication of arms and ammo which have discovered their direction under the control of hoodlums and psychological oppressors.

This will assist with diminishing the number of guns available for use the nation over.

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