Zamfara Governor Cannot Instruct CP To Issue Gun Licences – General Irabor
The Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, has stated that the Zamfara governor, Bello Matawalle, lacks the powers to instruct the Commissioner of Police of the state to issue gun licences to the public
This comes off a directive contained in a statement by the Commissioner for Information, Mr Ibrahim Dosara, on Saturday, mandating individuals to prepare and obtain guns to defend themselves against bandits.
But speaking in an interview at the Joint Exercise for the National Defence College and War Colleges of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, code-named “Exercise Grand Nationale,” in Abuja on Monday, General Irabor expressed his disapproval at the measures taken by Governor Matawalle to secure his state against insurgency.
“I do not think that is the right way to go,” he said firmly. “The basis for asking citizens to bear arms; I am yet to know I believe that the Attorney General of the Federation will look at the constitution, what the laws say and what the powers of the Executive governor are to be able to do with this.”
The 56-year-old also faulted the directive asserting that the first citizen of Zanfara state failed to use the available resources at his disposal to mitigate the insecurity issues within his domain.
“If what I read is true, I do not think that the governor has the power to instruct the Commissioner of Police to issue licenses because the commissioner of police does not have the right to issue licenses,” Irabor said.