Femi Falana, a Human rights lawyer, and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) has said it is not acceptable by law for the present government of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), not to grant license to the South-West Security Network Agency, also known as Amotekun, to bear arms.
Falana, argued that if a private citizen can be licensed to bear arms for self-defense and protection of one’s life and property, the Amotekun Corps are also legible to the enjoy the same rights.
He urged the various state governors in the region to meet with recognized authorities in Abuja, so as to be granted license for the Security Networks to carry arms in order to effectively handle the security challenges confronting the South-West region in recent times.
Falana said, “You set up a security outfit like the Amotekun Corps without arms and ammunition. You are either risking the lives of the men and women in that organization or you are giving people a false sense of security.
“I have advised our governors to apply for licences for those young men and women to bear arms.
My argument is this: if an individual can apply for license to bear arms to defend himself and his family members, it is illegal not to give licenses to about 5,000 or 10,000 young men and women to protect a state like Lagos of about 20 million.
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And if they refuse to give the licenses, we must go to court and accuse the authorities in Abuja of endangering the lives of people in Lagos. We must get to that level.
“We can’t have members of the neighborhood watch to guide people without arms and ammunition, members of the Amotekun Corps without arms and ammunition, yet the people you are asking them to confront are armed with AK-47 and rounds of ammunition. For me, that is not security.