Banditry: Irabor Criticizes Zamfara Govt For Asking Residents To Bear Arms


Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Lucky Irabor, has criticized Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State for asking residents to bear arms as a form of defense against bandits.

Irabor opined that the call was not right, as the armed forces and other security agencies were there to handle the challenges.

The Defense Chief also noted that Matawalle does not have the power to instruct the Commissioner of Police to issue licenses.

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He stated this while speaking with newsmen on the matter at the opening of the Joint Exercise for the National Defence College and War Colleges of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, code-named “Exercise Grand Nationale,” in Abuja, on Monday, June 27.

Irabor opined;

I believe that, in my view, it is not the right way to go.

Of course, there are actions that members of the security agencies and the armed forces, in particular, the police and other security agencies, are doing to address insecurity in Zamfara and environs.

Beyond that, of course, there are other legal issues, other issues of governance, issues that the government could have addressed using the instrumentality of the law that are available for him to bring greater peace and security.

But like I said, I do not intend to say much about it, but I believe that the Federal Government, using the Attorney General, will look at the details of that press release and give further instruction.

He also noted that the armed forces are working assiduously to ensure the eradication of banditry and terrorism in the region.

If what I read is true, I do not also think that the governor has the power to instruct the commissioner of police to issue licenses, because the commissioner of police does not have the powers to issue licenses.

I believe that what we are doing in Zamfara and of course, across the states of the federation, is in deference to the provisions of the constitution.

So, we are there because we are there to give support to the civil authority, in this case, the police.

We do not need to restate what the issues are that have led to the deployment of military across the country but then, like I said, we are doing the very best to ensure that peace returns to every part of the country.

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