Combined reactions have continued to path the shoot at sight order of the federal authorities on anybody seen carrying an AK-47 rifle.
The Nationwide Safety Adviser, Basic Mongunu and President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, had on behalf of the federal authorities, directed safety forces to shoot any unlawful service of AK-47 rifles within the bush.
They stated the order was a part of the drastic measures aimed toward curbing banditry, insurgency and different violent crimes within the nation.
Nonetheless, there are divergent views on the directive by the Nigerian authorities.
Whereas some counseled the order, others condemned it, all with seemingly cogent causes.
A safety professional, in Ilorin, Dr Bolakale Suleiman, who’s a retired senior officer with the State Safety Service, SSS, described the order as a welcome improvement.
Dr Suleiman, who’s the rapid previous aide on Safety and Intelligence to former governor Abdulfatah Ahmed, stated President Buhari is right.”
He argued that ” It’s the solely measure to stem the uncontrollable development of unlawful possession of refined arms in Nigeria.”
Nonetheless, a Professor of Criminology and Safety Research on the Achievers College, Owo, Ondo State, Professor Joseph Odekunle Fayeye, hoped that ” The order is just not medication after loss of life or flogging a useless horse.”
He seen the shoot at sight directive as having two sides.
“First, the federal government seems to have woken up from a torpid slumber on its constitutional accountability of defending the residents.
“The residents appeared to have been left within the open with out adequate care and safety, whereas herdsmen, bandits and Boko Haram insurgents proliferated arms,” he famous.
Secondly, Professor Fayeye declared that the order appeared belated with the backdrop of the narratives that the weapons in possession of the insurgents are by much more refined than these carried by the common authorities forces.
“Worst of all, are insinuations that key suppliers of weapons to the bandits are authorities, politicians and regional godfathers,” Fayeye added.
He additional argued that the disarmament programmes of the federal government that retrieved mild weapons from residents, failed to guard the populace, whereas the corruption of key gamers within the defence business decimated all illegally diverted funds to political opportunists.
A retired civil servant, Timothy Abidoye, in Ilorin, who additionally spoke to DAILY POST on the problem, faulted the Federal authorities saying ” Buhari has no authority to challenge such orders.
“Till the court docket of regulation proves that the AK-47 rifle was carried illegally by the bearer, it’s unsuitable to order the shoot at sight.
“You can order their arrest however not shoot at sight based mostly on the United Nations conference which Nigeria is a celebration to.”
Abidoye, contended that any unlawful arms bearer must be tried within the court docket of regulation earlier than being sentenced to loss of life or despatched to jail if discovered responsible.
Professor Yomi Omoteso, of the College of Agriculture, College of Ilorin, on his half doubted if the order will work.
“I’m wondering how the order will work,” he advised DAILY POST, including that “I’ve a sense that an intelligence-driven effort could also be more practical.”