- A building housing over 1,000 rifles in a densely populated area in Bauchi state has been demolished
- The order was given by the state governor, Senator Bala Mohammed, to serve as a lesson to others
- Dr. Ladan Salihu, the governor's chief of staff, made the disclosure on Wednesday, February 17
A report by Daily Trust indicates that Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state ordered the demolition of a house where over 1,000 rifles were discovered.
According to the report, the building was located in a densely populated area in Bauchi metropolis after security agencies received information from some good Samaritans.
The governor was represented by Dr. Ladan Salihu, his chief of staff, at the demolition exercise on Wednesday, February 17.
Salihu revealed that in one of the rooms in the house, military and immigration uniforms were discovered, adding that the police had commenced an investigation into the matter.
He went on to note that Mohammed gave the order to demolish the building to serve as a lesson to those hoarding arms or criminals in their residences.
Bauchi governor makes U-turn on herders carrying AK-47
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Bauchi state government put forward an explanation on the statement of Governor Mohammed justifying Fulani herders carrying AK-47 for self-defence.
In a statement on Sunday, February 14, Muktar Gidado, a senior special assistant on media, said the comment of the principal was misunderstood.
The governor, who was a special guest of honour at the launch of the inaugural edition of the Bauchi correspondents’ chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ)’s magazine on Thursday, February 11, said the AK-47 is just a weapon carried by herders to tackle cattle-rustlers.
Bill to criminalise illegal firearms passes second reading
In a related development, Senator Uba Sani said the bearing of illegal firearms in Nigeria may soon be criminalised if a bill seeking to impose stiffer penalties on the bearers finally becomes law.
Legit.ng reports that the bill entitled firearms act CAP F28 LFN 2004 (amendment) bill 2021, passed second reading at the Senate on Tuesday, February 16.
The bill is being sponsored by the senator representing Kaduna Central at the upper legislative chamber, and provides for the destruction of firearms imported illegally into the country or in the possession of individuals without valid licences.
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