A Lagos based human rights lawyer, Chief Malcolm Omirhobo, has written a formal letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, requesting a licence to possess a 6.147 premium AK47 assault rifle to defend himself.
The lawyer who made this known in a letter to Buhari dated July 8, 2021, said his decision was a result of rising cases of killings and kidnapping in the country.
He further added that he is medically fit, of sound mind; and has also not been convicted of any offence involving violence or threat of violence in the last five years.
According to him, Fire Arms Act 2004 empowers the president to licence applicants.
He said, “Pursuant to the powers conferred on you by Section 3 of the Fire Arms Act Cap. F 28, Laws of the Federation 2004 and in view of the high level of insecurity ravaging the country, I humbly apply to your excellency, for a licence to possess and own a 6.147 premium AK 47 assault rifle to defend my person, family and property from unlawful violence from criminals armed with AK 47 assault rifle, sophisticated and lethal weapons.”
The activist explained to Buhari that he would pay all statutory fees involved in the acquisition of firearms.
The letter reads “Section 3 of the Fire Arms Act, provides that no person shall have in his possession or under his control any firearm of one of the categories specified in Part I of the Schedule to this Act (in this Act referred to as a “prohibited firearm”) except in accordance with a licence granted by the President, acting in his discretion.”
Omirhobo pointed out that provisions of law prohibited Nigerians from bearing certain types of firearms; being used by the military, police, Department of State Service ( DSS ) as well as other para-military agencies.
“No Nigerian dead or alive has been able to apply for these categories of Fire Arms; due to fear and largely ignorance of the provisions of the law. In the face of insecurity in Nigeria; many Nigerians have talked about the need for Nigerians to bear arms,” he recalled; regretting that nobody has taken the pains to apply for firearms under the category recognised by law.