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FG goes after ammunitions, explosives importers

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As part of measures to win terrorism war across Nigeria, President Muhammdu Buhari has sought the consideration and prompt approvals of National Assembly on Transmission of Explosives Bill 2021; and Control of Small Arms and Light weapons Bill 2021, aimed at augmenting existing response against insecurity.

He explained that the two bills, when passed, would control the rate of small arms, light weapons and explosives from been imported into the country and such would eliminate proliferation of arms across Nigeria

According to the president, the bill on the control of small arms and light weapons seeks to transform the Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapons into a National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons under the Office of the National Security Adviser.

The Senate President, Senator Ahmad Lawan, confirmed the development on Tuesday during plenary while reading Buhari’s letters dated August 27 to lawmakers who just resumed from two months recess.

The letter titled: “Transmission of the control of Small Arms and Light Weapons Bill 2021 to the National Assembly for consideration” read: “Pursuant to Section 58(2) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as emended), I forward herewith, the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons Bill 2021 for the kind consideration by the Senate.

“The Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons 2021 seeks to transform the Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapons into a National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons under the Office of the National Security Adviser.

“National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons, when fully operationalized, would go a long way at expressing Nigeria’s optimism and practical commitment to the global fight against the proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons, including the mopping up of existing Small Arms and Light Weapons which have become a significant driver of insecurity across the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

In the other letter titled: “Transmission of the Explosives Bill 2021 to the National Assembly for contribution,” the president said: “Pursuant to Section 56(2) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as emended), I forward herewith the Explosives Bill 2021 for the kind consideration by the Senate

“The Explosives Bill 2021 seeks to repeal the Explosives Act 1964 and enact the Explosives Act, to regulate the manufacture, storage, possession, distribution, purchase, sale, transportation, importation, and exportation of explosives and for related matters.”

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