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Chief of Defense staff faults Gov. Matawalle on his pronouncement of giving citizens gun licenses

BoomRadioNG | June 27, 2022

The Chief of Defense Staff (CDS), Gen. Lucky Irabor, has faulted Zamfara Governor, Bello Matawalle’s call to residents of the state to bear arms and defend themselves against bandits.
He said the call was not right, as the armed forces and other security agencies were there to handle the challenges, adding that the Matawalle does not wield the constitutional power to instruct the Commissioner of Police to issue licenses.

 

Gen. Lucky Irabor

He made this known 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.
The CDS added that he did not understand the basis for asking the citizens of Zamfara to bear arms, adding that the armed forces were only an instrument of policy implementation and does not take instructions from state governments.
He said the constitution gave rights and powers only to the Commander-in-Chief for the use of the armed forces.
He, however, said it was the responsibility of the Attorney-General of the Federation to look at the constitution and the laws to see whether the governor had such powers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dolupo Balogun

Written by BoomRadioNG

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