Worried by the spate of insecurity across Nigeria, Sokoto state governor and one time Speaker of the 7th National Assembly, Rt Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has decried that there seems to be more illegal arms in the hands of wrong people than the nations.
Tambuwal who advised that the time is ripe for the National Assembly and the presidency to come up with stiffer measures against illegal possession of Small and Light Weapons (SALWs) suggested that a death sentence or life imprisonment will suffice for defaulters.
Sokoto State governor while speaking at an interactive session with students and youth on security at the Sultan Maccido Institute of Quranic and General Studies within the weekend expressed dissatisfaction over the proliferation of Small and Light Weapons (SALWs) in the country.
A statement from Muhammad Bello, spokesperson of Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, he expressed concern over the inadequate nation’s security personnel, saying there is a need for more and urgent recruitment.
While calling for an improved remuneration and life insurance for security operatives in the country, he, however, commended the federal government for establishing the Police Trust Fund, which would go a long way in addressing their challenges.
On measures been considered to tackle banditry in Sokoto, Tambuwal divulged that arrangements are in top gear to establish a state vigilante group which could be deployed to such troubled areas.
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, said some of the bandits lacked even basic knowledge of Islam, thus ignorant of what the religion says on killing of innocent soul.