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What can we do to unseat public officials who do not know when to leave. over twenty police men have been killed this week and the IG is still there. what is OBJ really doing, how can we shame them out, really how?

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The President of the West African Bar Association, Mr. Femi Falana and a Lagos-based lawyer, Mr. Ebun Adegboruwa, on Tuesday, faulted the bid of the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Sunday Ehinero, to extend his tenure.

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Inspector-General of Police, Sunday Ehindero

The legal practitioners who spoke during separate interviews with our correspondent in Lagos, insisted that Ehindero‘s move was illegal and unconstitutional.

Ehindero was said to have approached President Olusegun Obasanjo and applied for extension of his office.

But our correspondents’ investigations revealed that Ehindero had attained the mandatory retirement age of 60 years.

Sections 214 and 215 of the 1999 Constitution which make provisions on the appointment and tenure of the office of the Inspector-General did not provide for extension of the tenure of office.

Section 214 (2) of the Constitution, provides ”Subject to the provisions of this Constitution, the Nigeria Police Force shall be organised and administered in accordance with such provisions as may be prescribed by the Act of the National Assembly”

Section 215 (1) (a) also provides ”An Inspector-General of Police who, subject to section 216 (2) of this Constitution shall be appointed by the President on the advice of the Nigeria Police Council from among the serving members of the Nigeria Police Force”

Our correspondents also discovered that the two legislations in this regard, viz, The Police Act and the Civil Service Regulations did not provide for tenure extension.

Falana said, Section 215 provides ”An Inspector-General of Police shall be appointed by the President on the advice of the Nigeria Police Council from among the serving members of the Nigeria Police Force”

”Under the law, a public servant that has turned 60 or puts in 35 years can no longer function or seek to hold office.

”Ehindero turns 60 last March, he ought to have retired before now, but the President had illegally extended his tenure. Any other extension will be a continuation of illegality.

”Now, we need the police chief that will fight the rising wave of armed robbery and other dangerous crimes. Any attempt to extend Ehindero‘s tenure now will be fought by the civil society.

“At this moment, we have no Police Service Commission, the tenure of the last one has expired and the Senate is yet to ratify the list of the new nominees sent to it. But why extending Ehindero‘s tenure? Are there no other capable police officers?

”Ehindero who could not guarantee the safe conduct of the party primaries? How do we trust him to guide the nation through this year general elections. His tenure is over and extending same will be an illegality.”

Adegboruwa said there was no basis for extension of Ehindero‘s office.

He said ” Under Sections 214 and 215 of the 1999 Constitution, the Inspector-General of the Police is a civil servant. Under the Police Act, he is also regarded as a civil servant.

”His appointment is guided by the Civil Service Rules and the Police Act. There is no legal basis for Ehindero‘s bid for tenure extension.

“Legally speaking, Obasanjo has no power to extend the tenure. He can only engage him on contractual basis but not as a substantive IG for the nation.”

”So the rule of 35 years in service and 60 years of age also apply to him. Once you have spent 35 years in service or attain 60 years of age, any IG has to leave the stage for other young, dynamic officers.”.

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The police already kill innocent people

imaginewhat ordinary people will do with a gun,

would i respect a nigerian police man when i have a gun around my waist hell no

i'll be having shoot-outs every other check point

Im sure people dont carry cutlass about in America

A home defense weapon?

you see, we wil get different interpretation of the law

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@Jakumo

God forbid!!!

There are too many frustrated, depressed, disoriented and angry men and women roaming the streets of Nigeria.

Because of the hardship been experience by many, they are always at an edge. Ready to snap at the least provocation. Giving such people lethal weapons in the name of self defense will make no sense.

I can assure you that many innocent lives will be wasted.

A hungry man is not in a good position to make good decision. Someone that has been subjected to so much suffering and frustration will be willing to kill for just about any reason.

The policemen in Nigeria are good example of how frustrated human beings can really behave like pysho.

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If our government can allow people to keep cutlasses, daggars, spears and bow & arrows without licenses why cant they allow people to keep and carry their personal guns around?? After all in the north people carry cutlasses, daggars, spears, bow & arrows etc and walk even pass Police stations without anybody asking dem questions not to talk of arresting dem. Are these weapons not as dangerous as the double-barrel gun and other rifles?? Are these weapons not what people in the north use in killing non-indigenes and non-muslims during religious crisis in parts of the north?? Funny enough armed robbers too use some of these weapons as tools for their operations. What really is the difference between cutlass, spear, daggar, bow & arrow in one hand and gun, that people are allowed to possess and carry the former around wiithout licenses while the gun is a crime to keep without a license??

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, the guy is a complete failure in all aspect, all what he knows is to cite the law and provide cover for the ibadan thugs and the enugu miscreants, he should have retired in december 2005 but he was given extra one year by baba, now he s been given another 5 months to supervise the election[or selection!!],

  He needs to re shuffle the poplice chiefs in lagos,abuja,oyo and plateau, but the guy was moving the ones in taraba,ondo,imo, such stupidity, in the face of mounting decimation of your rank and file,

The man has no further idea i tell you, just blank, all he knows is to talk of the law as a toothless bulldog, who is toothless now, is it a ''toothful'' supreme court [as in the ladoja issue]or a toothless ehindero!!!!

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Possession of a home defense weapon is not likely to turn most law abiding people into impulse murderers any more than could the possession of a cutlass make every villager in Nigeria a potential machete killer.

Even on a really bad day when just about everything that can go wrong has done so, most rational people know not to do anything that could put them on death row, a situation far far worse than any of life's routine hassles. The common argument that people are more likely to "lose control" and go ballistic just because a gun is handy does not take into account that very powerful instinct for self-preservation which keeps most of us on the right side of the law regardless of the perceived provocation.

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Who decide if one is sane or not? Nigeria Police

And how can one be sane with a gun in the hand?

In Nigeria your fortune can turn overnight,

you've not been paid for 9months, your contract have not been cleared

some people coming to your house everyday to collect Nepa bills

A gun in my hand in Nigeria heck I'll kill so many people

In countries where guns are not legal, gun crimes are on the increase

Why is owning a gun the only option the American way is not always the best way

We can always restructure the police force introduce and enforce the law properly

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God bless you Jakumo.

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Otokx, your advice to Nigerian policemen has already been taken to heart, for they have effectively downed tools for some time now. I will try to remember to avoid banks, cash-collecting churches and politicians homes so that I can live to hear more words of wisdom in 2007. Happy new year in advance and may we never hear the sound of metal again.

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Armed robbers, bandits have since stopped going to homes to steal. The fear of AIDS does not allow em To Molest. They also do not operate at night because they love their beauty sleep. In broad daylight they go to the banks, armed with generators and welding machines. Popular prosperity churches and the houses not homes of politicians who have enriched themselves with public funds. So if you stay near a bank or a church or on the same street as a politician relocate and you will not have any problem again. To those policemen who are still alive, at the first sound of the metal simply remove your uniforms and run into the bush; that way your life will be saved and we all shall rejoice with you in church when you give your testimony.

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With or without legalizing the right to bear arms in Nigeria, criminal intent on committing murder or mayhem will always find a way to do so. What i advocate is the right for sane beings among us that want to defend their property and self from invasion, should be legally able to do so.

Criminals bent on causing wantom destruction cannot and will not be stopped, the Israel has not been able to effectively stop the Palestinians so far. I just want to make it a little harder for my life to be invaded by every Naughty Person with a weapon, at least put up a fight without waiting for the boys in blue to show up.

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No civilized country will assign its citizens the right to just  haul off and shoot people assumed to be engaged in crime, Loverbwoy, but the right to defend one's home does urgently need to be refined to sanction the use of deadly force by any homeowner under armed attack.  Let every man defend his castle before we start worrying about being mugged in the street, and in this way cultivate general civil order in Nigeria, one homestead at a time.

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LoverBwoy there is a world of difference between a government official or even policeman who demands bribes, and an armed robber who invades homes To Molest, kill and maim.  Giving citizens the right to defend their homes from armed invasion can in no rational way be equated with giving folks the right to open fire on anyone they happen to dislike OUTSIDE of their homes. 

Any broadening of the legal terms under which licensed firearms can be used in the home must of course be balanced with the threat of criminal prosecution applicable to any person who uses a gun in a manner inconsistent with SELF-DEFENSE, as in the instances of armed assault on government officials that you half-jokingly advocate.

Sho y'right , Mowapa, I just read and agree whole-heartedly your contribution here. The best home insurance policy available is that offered by the revered institution of Smith and Wesson.

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Why is the American option the first you guys are advocating for?

Well as a responsible citizen, It will be okay to shoot my local government chairman, NEPA,police and any other person that ask for bribe, the contractor that don't do his work will be shot anyone that honk for no reason will be shot

Wild West hmm get rid of the bad eggs and others that act in an uneducated and irresponsible manner

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Reducing violence should be a laudable goal of any country, evidence abound that gun control laws made by many countries is worst than ineffectual. The weight of evidence suggest that gun bans and draconian restriction will not reduce criminal access to guns, but has instead disarmed good citizens who cannot be effectively protected by under armed police.

Criminals do not announce their intentions and our police resources is overstretched , so it its unsurprising that our police rarely arrive in time to prevent death or injury from much violent crime. I recently spoke with an "officer" who made me believe that policemen have no legal obligation ,nor even a theoretical obligation to provide protection to individuals, even if in immediate danger. The police are only obligated to provide some unspecified level of general protection to the community at large. It a bitter irony in deed that at the same time the police are relieved of responsibilities for our protection, we are forced to depend on their protection. We are often told we should not have the same tools(guns) that the police say they need to protect themselves from the same criminals  who threaten us.

In America one- third of the citizens live in 22 progressive states that have reformed laws that allow good citizens to readily protect themselves  outside their homes, openly or concealed. In those states crime rates are lower for all category of crime indexed by the FBI uniformed crime reports. what we need in Nigeria is an informed and educated citizens who will know the responsibilities that comes with that right to bear arms. As for me, i have taken the American option. U come unannounced i will introduce you to MR SMITHS.

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I get your point and we both want Nigeria to be better but you're looking at the glass as half empty while i'm seeing it as half full. Trust me, there is nothing i would like more than own gun legally in Nigeria. But no one respect the law down there and you will agree, there is nothing like fair trial in Nigeria today. You forgot that robbers are civilians too and will more likely acquire even more dangerous weapons if given the chance. Then who will protect who and how will it all end?

In American, a guy with same legalized gun can easily walk into a school full of kids and let them have it. Is that what you want? At least if you give an armed robber what he ask for, he just might spare your life. I'm not in any way encouraging arm robbery just chosing a lesser of two evil. The ruling body should find a way to strengthen the police force to protect the citizenry not arm them. Gun is not the solution.

We can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having both at once.

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Near anarchy regins in the streets right now in Nigeria, Ynot.  Armed gangs prey nightly on defenseless homeowners who dare not return fire with their legally registered weapons for fear of state prosecution over wrongful use of those designated "hunting only" guns. 

The legislative arm of Nigeria's federal government would do well to introduce more liberalized firearm USAGE laws that would permit owners of legally registered firearms to use those weapons as a last resort line of defense against home invasion type attacks. Obviously any misuse of a firearm that is proven to be so should still earn the shooter a stretch of hard time behind bars after a fair trial with adequate legal representation.

The Nigeria Police cannot be everywhere at once, and if the bad guys start to find out that some of the homes they try to invade may respond with a legally sanctioned fusillade rather than with the cries of the helpless, there is something to be said for the argument that relaxed civilian "rules of engagement" could actually cut violent crime in today's Nigeria.

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Oh no you didn't! As if we don't have a enough problem already. Do you know the type of chaos that will ensure with everyone brandishing a gun. You don't give people gun where there is no law and order. Because it worked in America does not mean it will work in Nigeria of today. If i had legal gun in Nigeria, i already know whom i'm going after.

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The problem with the Nigerian Police force is quite simple. Many Nigerian policemen have a habit of selling their ammunition and renting their guns to armed robbers.  That is why the police are never issued more that ten rounds of ammunition when they are heading out to confront their "business partners"  who operate with unlimited ammunition stocks.   Having only ten rounds in the rifle magazine means the police become sitting ducks as soon as they have fired a couple of bursts and run out of ammo.   

I see NO solution to this predicament, other than to allow civilians to arm themselves and protect their own lives and property just like in America's Wild West days of yore.

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