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Northern Group Knocks Matawalle Over Self-Defence Order

Northern Group Knocks Matawalle Over Self-Defence Order

Northern Group Knocks Matawalle Over Self-Defence Order

Northern Group Knocks Matawalle Over Self-Defence Order

Governor Mohammed Matawalle has come under fire from the Concerned Northern Forum for ordering state residents to carry firearms for self-defense against bandits terrorizing the area.

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The group asked the governor to urgently reconsider his stance regarding the possession of firearms by state residents.

The group stated they were not against self-defense but couldn’t support the decision to order citizens to carry weapons in a statement jointly signed by its Chairman, Ibrahim Bature, and the Spokesperson, Abdulsalam Mohammed-Kazeem, in Kaduna on Monday.

The group claims that allowing citizens to carry firearms will only result in anarchy throughout the state.

The statement read in part, “The leadership of Concerned Northern Forum call on the Executive Governor of Zamfara State to re-examine his recent position over arms.

“We as a forum and one of the leading voice of our region sympathise with the government and people of Zamfara State over the current spate of insecurity and the untold hardship the said situation has caused them.

Northern Group Knocks Matawalle Over Self-Defence Order

“We are not against self-defence but we can’t support the decision directing civilians to bear arm because we are all witnesses to the inabilities of developed countries with accurate data at all levels with such policies and their inabilities to stop the consequences of gun violence.

“According to Fire Arms Act, private citizens are only licensed to acquire Pump Action and Short guns. So, how can a farmer in Zamfara State defend himself against terrorists with GPMG, anti- aircraft and AK 47?

“Who will train the farmers after acquiring such arms. At what point will the Zamfara State government retrieve back all the said guns licensed to them (citizens)?

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“Though we are aware that the Governor is only trying to score a cheap political point, we appeal to him to face governance squarely with all sincerity of purpose and accept responsibility at any rate.

“The era of chasing shadows is over. By the way, he does  not even have the right in the first place to direct the state Commissioner of Police  to give interested citizens licenses because the police is a Federal agent and they are not answerable to him under section 214 of the 1999 constitution.”

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