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Sokoto Governor seeks stiffer punishment for illegal possession of arms

The Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has called on the Presidency and the National Assembly to come up with a legislation that would prescribe either a death sentence or life imprisonment for unlawful possession of arms in the country.

In a statement issued by Governor Tambuwal’s Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Muhammad Bello, it said the Governor made the plea at an interactive session with students and youth on security in Sokoto.

Governor Tambuwal expressed dissatisfaction over the proliferation of small and light weapons (SALWs) in the country.

According to him, there are more SALWs in the hand of non state actors across the country than there are in the hands of security operatives.

“I am therefore appealing to the National Assembly and the Presidency to come up with a legislation that will prescribe a disarmament period in the country.

“Those in possession of unlicenced arms should go and register them and if the arms cannot be licensed, they should be surrendered to government and the government will pay you your money.

“And after the grace period, a maximum punishment like a death sentence or life imprisonment should be prescribed for unlawful possession of arms. This is the only way we can have peace in this country,” the Governor said.

He also suggested a robust recruitment of security manpower, especially the police, in order to ensure the protection of the citizenry.

He also called for an improved renumeration and life insurance for security operatives in the country.

Governor Tambuwal commended the federal government for establishing the Police Trust Fund, which would go a long way in addressing their challenges.

State Vigilante

On the bandits activities in some parts of Sokoto State, the Governor said arrangements are on top gear to establish a State vigilante group which could be deployed to troubled areas.

He explained that the group would operate within the ambit of the law and in conjunction with the security agencies, so “that they will not take law into their hands.”

He recalled that the recent reprisal attacks in which the bandits killed dozens was triggered by the activities of vigilante in some of the areas attacked.

The Governor who noted that ignorance and climate change are among the causes of insecurity in the state. He also said some of the bandits lacked even basic knowledge of Islam, thus ignorant of what the religion says on killing of innocent soul.

The Governor tasked the dominant religious groups in the state to take their preachings to villages and other remote areas where it was needed the most, saying that education was vital to peace and development.

Sustainable growth

Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal also disclosed that the State government is working on all fronts to ensure the development of the state in all sectors of human endeavor. The Governor said this when he received a blueprint on ‘Sustainable Growth and Development Strategies for Sokoto state in a Post Covid-19 Era’ from Usman Danfodio University Sokoto.

Governor Tambuwal explained that his administration has been working on the establishment of new irrigation schemes, general agricultural development, economic growth and the harnessing of arts and culture resources.

Wurno Irrigation project

He said presently the State government is working on the establishment of new irrigation schemes at Rabah and Silame local government areas, in addition to the ongoing renovation of Wurno irrigation scheme.

A new industrial layout

Governor Tambuwal also maintained that the State government in its effort to improve business activities would establish a new industrial layout in order to provide enabling environment to business communities.

The Governor said another business opportunity established in the State was the establishment of the Sokoto State Small and Medium Scale Enterprises Development Agency, SOSMEDA, so as to provide soft loans to small and medium entrepreneurs in the state.

He said the State has also established a Micro Finance Bank to assist businessmen with capital in order to boost their businesses.

Tambuwal added that another bank, the Taj Bank, in which N500 million out of the N1 billion required as capital investment will soon come on board in the state.

He said when the bank takes off, it would also boost the economic growth of the state by providing assistance to businessmen and farmers in the state.

On the development of arts and culture, Tambuwal said, plans has reached advanced stage to collaborate with Indonesia and Turkey whose models of arts and culture management has reached an advanced stage.

Source: Voice of Nigeria