Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), has described the revocation of gun licenses as uncalled for.
He said gun licenses were granted to citizens to complement the measure put in place by the government to protect life and property of citizens in the face of grave dangers to lives and properties as being witnessed under President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
He said the revocation of such licenses could create the impression that the government was exposing Nigerians to further danger.
Calling for a review of the President’s Executive Order, Falana said the solution was for federal and state governments to re-organize and equip the Nigeria Police, motivate all police personnel and increase their number phenomenally for proper policing of the country.
He said, “The right to life guaranteed by the Constitution includes the right to self defense and the defense of your property.
“If you apply for license to bear arms and you are granted, the purpose is to complement the measures put in place by the government to protect your life and property in a moment of grave danger to your life and property as we are currently witnessing under the Buhari administration.
“The revocation of gun licenses from those who have legally acquired them is uncalled for. It is a measure that has to be reviewed as a matter of urgency so that the impression is not created that the government is exposing Nigerians to further danger.”
He added, “What is required in the circumstance is for the government, federal and state, to urgently re-organize and equip the Nigerian Police Force and motivate all police personnel and increase the number phenomenally so that the country can be properly policed because Section 14 prescribed that the welfare and security of the people shall be the primary purpose of government.”