The House of Representatives has urged the federal government to abandon its plan to arm personnel of the Federal Fire Service.
The federal government had announced plan to present a bill before the national assembly to repeal the Fire Service Act and grant firefighters the power to bear arms, to protect themselves from mob attacks while carrying out their duties and responding to emergencies.
However, the house, while adopting a motion on notice moved by Thomas Ereyitomi, urged the government to halt the move.
Ereyitomi said the announcement has caused anxiety to the public due to the reckless use of firearms by those licensed to use same by their position as security agents resulting in death or grave injuries to citizens.
He noted that the Federal Fire Service is a civil outfit and not a security agency, adding that it is not logical to allow personnel of the outfit to bear firearms, as they do not require such arms to carry out their duties.