Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom and the Arewa Consultative Dialogue board (ACF) have given full backing to the directive by President Muhammadu Buhari that bandits bearing AK-47 should be shot on sight.
The governor said the measure will in the reduction of banditry, clashes between herders and farmers and various kinds of criminality.
The Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG) urged warning.
Senior authorized professionals contacted by our correspondents kicked in direction of the order for being reverse to the laws and might lead to unintended penalties.
All of them agree that it is illegal for anybody to carry an AK-47 rifle besides he is a security operative.
Specific Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President Garba Shehu suggested the BBC Hausa Service in an interview aired on Wednesday that the order confirmed the seriousness with which the federal authorities was taking banditry, kidnapping and completely different acts of terror.
“What could also be stronger than the reality that the President has directed the operatives to shoot anyone seen with dangerous weapons like AK-47, on sight, in as quite a bit as a result of the person is simply not a security operative?
“Authorities is doing this with all seriousness. The President equally directed that the security (operatives) should go after them and kill them apart from they lay down their arms,” Shehu added.
Ortom, speaking yesterday on the Authorities Dwelling Makurdi when he hosted the Chairman Governing Board, Widespread Basic Coaching Payment (UBEC), Prof Adamu Kyuka, said: “I wish to commend Mr President for his newest order in direction of these bearing AK-47 rifles. This I am optimistic will in the reduction of the extreme cost of criminality, banditry and militia herdsmen assaults on our farming communities.
“I don’t solely criticise, I moreover commend the place essential. And I have to say it is a shame on these psychopaths who had been bashing me for writing to Mr President because of he has lastly heeded my suggestion.”
The ACF said the security situation required extreme measure to curb, declaring that AK-47, being a dangerous assault rifle, should not be handled by unauthorised people.
Its Nationwide Publicity Secretary Emmanuel Yawe said: “Though solely authorized professionals can interpret the legality of the President’s order, that the President ordered people to be shot with out trial is a licensed topic.
“Nevertheless we agree that there is a need for the extreme measure to curb the unfold of arms like AK-47.
“Some governors are even arguing that people should be allowed to carry AK-47 and that is not correct. They want the nation to dissolve into anarchy. It is not correct for private folks to carry AK-47, which is known all over the place on the earth as a extremely dangerous assault rifle.
“Nigeria is simply not at battle, so why should people carry AK47 freely? Even Dane weapons, you desire a licence to non-public it. In Nigeria, people merely carry AK-47 freely they normally kill people and nothing happens to them.
“The ACF welcomes the President’s order.”
Attorneys who faulted the President’s directive embrace Chief Ifedayo Adedipe, Seyi Sowemimo, Jibrin Okutepa, Ahmed Raji and Mr Chino Obiagwu (SAN), all Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs), along with Jiti Ogunye.
Adedipe described the order as reverse to laws.
He said: “Lots as we’re all concerned about insecurity inside the nation, I am afraid the President’s directive is unsuitable and horrifying.
“It’s as a result of the directive to shoot presupposes that these allegedly bearing AK-47 have been found accountable of an offence whose penalty is demise. I am afraid, that does not align with our licensed system.
“It is a should to arrest and prosecute these bearing arms in a duly constituted court docket docket of laws. To do in every other case is to look at the strategy of President Rodrigo Dutrete of the Philippine in his fight in direction of drug lords.
“Even with out the presidential directive, our security brokers are masters at taking footage unarmed civilians. To be given Presidential order now will permit a couple of of them to kill innocent people, and plant weapons on them. That is scary.
“Now we have to do increased than the bandits we’re combating. I sympathise with the President because of his job is simply not easy inside the present native climate of insecurity.
“Nevertheless these answerable for our security should develop a larger decision, aside from the one which will consequence within the killing of innocent residents.”
Okutepa recommended these opposing the order to go to court docket docket.
Sowemimo said: “I really feel the President should not be speaking literarily. I don’t anticipate the President to say they should merely be shot on sight.
“What he is suggesting is that the apply of carrying weapons with out a license is unacceptable and that sanctions is likely to be strictly meted out in direction of these found with arms.”
He said he believed that the president was attempting to tell bandits, kidnappers and completely different jail elements that within the occasion that they use weapons with out a licence, they’d be arrested and prosecuted.
Raji believes security operatives might uncover it robust to find out the targets of the President’s order.
He said: “The question is likely to be the proper solution to define a bandit. What are the traits of a bandit? How do you recognise one should you see him? What if he is carrying one different variant of weapon as deadly as AK 47? Is it regarding the nature of express arms or the person? These are a couple of of the factors agitating the minds sooner than there could also be any vital contributions to the controversy.
“In case you shoot ‘bandits’ bearing AK-47, what do you do with these giving them the rifles? Must the impression be dealt with with out consideration to the set off?”
Okutepa, who declined to analyse the President’s order, referred anyone confused by or in opposition to it to hunt judicial discount.
“Solely the court docket docket can say whether or not or not he is correct or unsuitable,” Okutepa said.
Obiagwu, Nationwide Coordinator of Licensed Safety Assist Problem (LEDAP), said: “For such an order to emanate from The Presidency, there should be an Authorities Order that may dispel the Police Regulation. Take into accout the Police Regulation has a course of for disarming an armed particular person.
“If the President wishes to waive that provision of the Police Regulation which was made beneath Police Act, nevertheless which he can droop, he has to topic an Authorities Order saying for the issue of security, that’s the place.”
According to him, the order “did not come immediately from the President.”
He argued that if the person refuses to surrender the arms, the laws would not mechanically authorise security brokers to kill that particular person.
Ogunye moreover disagreed with the shoot-on-sight order.
He said in a submit on his Fb wall, said: “Shoot AK-47 gun carriers on sight? No. Illegal possession of firearms would not enchantment to a demise penalty beneath our jail laws.
“Arrest AK-47 gun carriers and seize their weapons, and apply drive, along with lethal drive, within the occasion that they resist arrest or pose menace to lives of laws enforcement brokers? Huge certain.”
Nationwide Chairman of Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG), Mr Wale Oshun, described the order as “delicate.”
“Let it not be a blanket order” else the police will seize the possibility to deal with anyone found with a gun. When you’ve gotten a Presidential order to shoot-on-sight, they will kill anybody with a gun. I hope it acquired’t be one different cowl for police excesses?”
Oshun added: “No particular person has a correct to carry AK-47; it is meant for security people; nevertheless ordering police to shoot anyone with it is not the reply. They might merely be killing people. Let the police disarm anyone with AK-47 and value him to court docket docket. You can’t give the police the powers of a prosecutor, a select and an executioner.”
Ndudi Elumelu, minority chief of the Dwelling of Representatives, said: “The assertion credited to the media aide to Mr President is a welcome development. I might need hottest Mr President by himself to have made that order”.
“I am going to like him to condemn outright the actions of the herdsmen. They’re in every single place, messing up all the communities, attacking people, because of some people are very fanatical and they are going to want to listen to him talk.“