Ortom to FG: Allow responsible Nigerians to carry AK-47 amid rising insecurity/ Ortom

The Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, has called on the Federal Government to allow responsible Nigerians to be in possession of weapons such as AK-47 to protect themselves amid the rising insecurity in the country.

The governor stated this in his presentation at a virtual meeting convened by Centre for Values in Leadership, CVL, in collaboration with Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF).

According to him, the spate of killings in the country was indicative of the fact that only security agencies acannot address the situation of things, hence the need for people to join in the push to end the menace.

He, however, said such move should be backed by a strict legal framework to prevent illegal possession of arms by citizens.

His words: “I am a practical man. I don’t theorize too much. We have seen what is happening. We appreciate our security agencies, they have done so much in trying to curb the menace of banditry but they have not been able to stop completely the killings that are going on and most times he these people come, they are armed and you are unarmed and so, you are bound to obey them and they take you as if you are a nobody.

“And so, it has been a running battle. Chief Akinwumi who was kidnapped advocated for that and I saw reasons with him. So, I am in agreement but as a law-abiding governor, it shouldn’t be an illegal arms acquisition by people. People should be allowed to hold sophisticated arms like AK-47 just like criminals.

“And the government should be able to license them so when those people come, they can confront them because it is impossible to put policemen all over the place. There should be a law granting licence to all responsible and currently, there is that policy granting licence to responsible people but it is restricted to double barrel and dane guns which will not be able to solve the problems when these people come.”

 His comment comes amid growing concerns over the insecurity situation in the country.