House of Reps denies mandating FRSC officers to carry guns

House of Reps denies mandating FRSC officers to carry guns

- Nigeria's House of Representatives has debunked claims that it asked FRSC officers to start carrying firearms

- The chairman of the committee overseeing FRSC, Akinfolarin Mayowa made the clarification on Monday

- Mayowa noted that the committee never made such statement, adding that the House only advocated for a special panel to amend laws

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The House of Representatives has denied reports that it mandated Federal Roads Safety Commission (FRSC) marshals to start carrying arms.

In a report by The Nation, Akinfolarin Samuel Mayowa, the chairman of the lower chamber's committee overseeing the commission made the disclosure on Monday, November 9.

According to Mayowa, the committee at no point stated that officials of the FRSC should or should not bear arms in accordance with the law establishing the commission.

The chairman explained that the committee decided to set up a special panel to liaise with the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and other relevant stakeholders to amend the Act that established the FRSC following complaints of harassments.

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House of Reps deny mandating FRSC officers to carry guns

Nigeria's House of Reps has denied mandating FRSC officers to carry guns. Photo credit: HouseNGR
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He said:

“We made reference to the 2007 Act establishing the FRSC, especially section 19 which allow those exposed to danger can bear arms and we said that a committee will be set up to liaise with them and other stakeholders. We did not say they should start bearing arms."

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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that following the establishment of the regional security outfit codenamed Operation Amotekun, operatives will be known as corps and be allowed to carry licensed firearms.

This was disclosed by Olawale Fapohunda, the Ekiti state attorney general and commissioner for justice on Friday, February 7, after a meeting of the southwest zone attorney generals held in Ibadan.

Fapohunda speaking on details for the security outfit said that all the commissioners agreed to insert a clause in the bill for an act backing up the initiative to empower personnel of Amotekun to carry licensed firearms.

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