Sokoto state Governor Aminu Tambuwal is seeking laws that would attract death sentences for citizens found with illegal arms.
The governor said, if not the death sentence, such people should at least spend the remaining part of their lives in jail.
He stated this through a statement signed on his behalf by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Malam Muhammad Bello.
According to the statement, the governor was talking to students and youths in an interactive session on security matters in Sokoto State on Saturday when he made the request to the national assembly.
“I am, therefore, appealing to NASS and the Presidency to come up with a legislation that will proscribe disarmament in the country.
“Those in possession of not-licensed arms should go and register them and if the arms cannot be licensed, they should be surrendered to government and the government will pay them,” he said, adding however that they should be given a grace period, after the grace period, those who did not comply, if caught, should be given a maximum punishment.
“Like a death sentence or life imprisonment should be prescribed for unlawful possession of arms. This is the only way we can have peace in this country,” he said.