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Foundation moves to stop FG from banning gun ownership

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Following the Federal government’s order banning  gun ownership in the country, the board of trustees of Malcolm Omirhobo foundation has filed a suit before a Federal High Court Abuja, asking the court to annul the decision, noting that law abiding citizens would be defenseless to unlawful violence by armed criminals.
  
The group in the suit is praying the court for an interpretation of the provisions of Section 36 (1) (2) of the Fire Arms Act chapter 146, Laws of the Federation 1990.Aside FG, other respondents in the suit include the President, Attorney General of the Federation and the Inspector General of Police as the
first to fourth respondents respectively.
  
The promoter of the foundation who is also a lawyer, Chief Malcolm Omirhobo in his 82 paragraphs affidavit in support of the originating summon, averred that the suit was filed for public interest.
  
He prayed for an order of court  for a declaration that “annulling the 2nd defendant’s Executive order (President) and or proclamation revoking, prohibiting and/or banishing Nigeria Citizens firearm or shotgun license certificate throughout the Federal Republic of Nigeria with effect from June 1, 2019 or any other day in future.”
  
He stated that the government has done nothing to protect citizens from the terror attacks of the foreign criminals and stressed that in the past eight years, Nigeria has been faced with violent crimes ranging from killings, bloodletting, kidnapping, arson, rape, armed robbery/banditry, cultism, highway robbery, hijacking, abductions, suicide bombing, ethnic cleansing, communal clashes, ritual murders,human trafficking and terrorism.

According to him, in the Northeast zone of Nigeria is the scourge of Boko Haram, a jihadist terrorist organization based in northeastern Nigeria, also active in Chad, Niger and Northern Cameroon.He further stated that the Fulani herdsmen are yet to be disposed of their illegally acquired sophisticated firearms in Nigeria by the defendants, their servants agents and/or privies, adding that throughout the six geo political zones of Nigeria, the scourge of the Fulani herdsmen militia been conspiring, conniving, condoling, aiding and abating the Fulani herdsmen from other countries to wreck havoc on their fellow
countrymen.

He therefore prayed the court to compel the FG to grant Nigerian citizens who are qualified to be licensed to bear arms upon application to defend themselves against unlawful violence by criminals, to protect and safeguard their fundamental rights and in appropriate circumstances arrest a criminal.


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