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FG moves to amend Firearms Act

The Federal Government, in line with its overall counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency strategy, has reached an advanced stage in the proposed amendment of the 1959 Nigerian Firearm Act and the Firearms Act of 2004.

Chairman, Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapons, PRESCOM, Amb. Emmanuel Imohe, stated this yesterday at the commencement of a 2-day Experts Roundtable on the Repeal of the Nigerian “Firearms Act” in Abuja.

According to Imohe, the Act is not only obsolete but also does not reflect the realities and challenges associated with armed violence and Small Arms and Light Weapons, SALW, proliferation.

He noted that the effectiveness of the implementation of ECOWAS Convention on SALW depended largely on the potency of member states’ gun laws, potency of the institutional framework for the implementation of the convention, among others.

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