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Self-defence: Ban on firearms still in force, CP warns Matawalle

The Zamfara State Commissioner of Police, Ayuba Elkana, has said the ban on guns permit is still in force, taking note of that the police have quit giving permit to residents who wished to possess firearms.

The police manager expressed this, on Sunday, in light of requests from The PUNCH about the mandate by the state government that the police order ought to give firearm permit to those qualified to carry weapons.

The Zamfara State Commissioner for Information, Ibrahim Dosara, had in a proclamation on Sunday, unveiled that the public authority had guided occupants of the state to get ready and get weapons to safeguard themselves against scoundrels who have been threatening the state.

The public authority, in this manner, guided the state Commissioner of Police to give permit to every one of the people who qualify and will get weapons to safeguard themselves.

Dosara had said, “Government has, hence, guided people to plan and get weapons to guard themselves against the scoundrels, as the public authority has guided the state magistrate of police to give a permit to every one of the individuals who qualify and are wishing to get such firearms to shield themselves.

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“Government is prepared to work with individuals, particularly our ranchers, to get fundamental weapons for guarding themselves. The public authority has previously finished up a course of action to disseminate 500 structures to every one of the 19 emirates in the state for those able to get firearms to shield themselves.

“Individuals should apply to the Commissioner of Police to claim firearms and such other essential weapons to be utilized in protecting themselves. A secretariat or focus will be laid out for the assortment of insight on the exercises of witnesses.”

Be that as it may, responding to the mandate, the state chief of police said he presently can’t seem to get any order to give weapon licenses to individuals.

Elkana, in a phone interview with The PUNCH said, “I have not gotten any mandates and furthermore, there is a restriction on guns permit and we don’t give permit.

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“I am yet to get any mandate. Allow me to see the mandate first before I can remark. I have not seen the order, so I can’t remark on consistence.”

Inquired as to whether the public authority’s choice was a statement of disapproval on the police, the CP answered, “There is nothing similar to statement of disapproval, please. This is cultivating season and you can’t get police or any security to be following everyone to the ranch. They are going after individuals on the ranch; the issue lies with that. It isn’t as though we are not giving our all; we are giving our all. Of later, we protected many individuals (from crooks).”

The Force Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, declined remark regarding this situation when reached.

Ogun State contrasts

The Ogun State Government likewise says it isn’t wanting to permit occupants of the state to convey arms and safeguard themselves notwithstanding weakness in the state.

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Exceptional Adviser to the Governor on Security, Olusola Subar, expressed this while talking with one of our reporters in Abeokuta on Sunday.

“There is no arrangement in Ogun State here that I am aware of to guide the police or residents to be giving permit to remain battle ready,” he said.

Ekiti State

The Special Adviser to Ekiti State Governor on Security, Brig. Gen. Ebenezar Ogundana (retd.), has said the circumstance of the state couldn’t get to the degree of where everyone would be expected to carry weapons.

Ogundana, in a meeting with The PUNCH, said, “We can’t get to that level, since when you say everyone ought to proceed to get arms to protect themselves, you are making alarm that the public authority isn’t in charge and you are establishing alarm that the climate isn’t protected.”

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