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It is Illegal to Take up Arms for Self Defence, Says CDS

It is Illegal to Take up Arms for Self Defence – CDS

Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor, on Wednesday said it is illegal to take up arms in the name of self defence in the country.

He warned Nigerians not to resort to self-help.

He said this during a media chat at the headquarters of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) in Jos, Plateau State capital.

Recall that some governors, including that of Katsina State, Aminu Masari; Benue State, Samuel Ortom; have called on Nigerians to defend themselves against bandits.

According to the CDS, taking up arms for self defence is prohibited by the law and people should not by any reason acquire arms for self defence.

Irabor said, “It has to do with you taking measures to ensure that you run into safety. You prevent any movement that is injurious to you; knowing who your neighbors is. Knowing what your neighbour is made up. Knowing the character of your neighbour and your locality and knowing bad elements around your environment.

“Please, educate your neighbours and everyone that not until you carry arm before you defend yourself. What you see that is abnormal you report to the security. It is not until you carry weapons that you can defend yourself. So, defending your self is not about carrying guns.”


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