A popular businessman in Benue State, Chief Isaac Akinkunmi on Thursday urged the federal government to legalise guns in the hands of credible users for self-defense in the face of rising insecurity in the country.
Akinkunmi, who was released from kidnappers den after three days in captivity a fortnight ago said it became necessary to advocate for the legalisation of guns for credible persons because attackers were taking advantage of defenseless citizens to cause avoidable harms.
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Akinkunmi, who is the owner of Titogate Group of companies expressed worry that the insecurity bedeviling Nigerians in all parts of the country was backed by the small and light weapons, which found its way into the hands of wrong people even when the government insisted on retrieving licensed guns from individuals.
“I feel there should equally be legal guns in the hands of credible persons, given the fact that illegal guns are in the hands of bandits and armed robbers, who go to places where the people are defenseless and massacre them.
“As it is in Nigeria now, there is no balance of power; the balance has shifted to the hands of criminals. So there should be the legalisation of guns in the hands of credible people,” he said.
Akinkunmi further stressed the need for a state police even as he noted that governments must live up to its responsibility by providing security for Nigerians and endeavour to spend money on things that would create jobs for unemployed youths.