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Alegeh advocates legalization of arms bearing

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In the light of the seemingly intractable insecurity in the country and the perennial killings by suspected herdsmen, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and the immediate past president of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Mr. Agustine Alegeh has advocated legalization of arms.

The SAN said it is time to allow Nigerians to bear arms, noting that although it would be abused at the initial state, it would be stabilized as we mature on it.

He said: “I believe all Nigerians should be allowed to bear arms.

I believe that when we start, it will be abused but with time, we will get matured in it.

“Of course, at the onset there will be cases of abuse of this right, they will be sacrifices to be made, but with time, we will mature in it.

Look at our National Assembly for instance, you will see that they are growing in depth.

“The quality of our national assembly is increasing. I believe with time as we move on, things will get better but we need to understand how the right to bear arms has succeeded in other climes.” 

He also queried the reason for putting Prisons and Police under the ministry of interior.  

According to him, Prisons and Police should all be under the ministry of justice.

“Give me the reason why prisons is in interior. What is the relationship between Prison service and Immigration and why are they in interior?

Prisons should be under justice so that when the government comes and says we are going to fight corruption, we are going to arrest all of those engaged in corruption then government knows that they are going to be more people who will go through trials and more people will go to prison.

Therefore you have to make provisions at the prison end to accommodate the inmates,” he suggested.

Alegeh who criticized the act of filing multiple charges against a person on the same matter, charge the president to walk the talk in the area of promotion of rule of law.

He said: The president to the best of my knowledge has always spoken in favour of the rule of law.

He has always said that is the only way we can make progress as a country.

But definitely if we are still discussing this issue, it shows that even though the president is saying one thing, there are challenges in the system and these challenges the Attorney-General needs to address.

And we have been saying it over and over that we have sufficient tools in our system to address them.”


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