The Nigerian government has commenced the review of 1964 Explosive Act to curb illegal usage of the device in the country.

The country’s Ministry of Mines and Steel Development in collaboration with the National Security Adviser’s office (NSA) conducted a holistic review of the act to address illegal diversion of explosives by some companies to criminal minded people, Olayinka Oyebode, a government spokesperson said in Abuja on Wednesday.

The ministry has sent the draft copy to the Ministry of Justice for further review, he added.

The spokesperson said the draft would be taking to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for further review and endorsement as soon as the ministry of Justice releases it; adding that it would also be sent to the National Assembly for approval.

Oyebode said the 1964 act was prepared to meet the situations as at then, adding that the penalties and fines in the act were too soft compare to the gravity of offences being committed by explosive users nowadays.

On august 2016, the NSA said seven suspects were arrested for allegedly supplying high-caliber explosives and detonators to militants wreaking havoc on key pipelines and facilities.

The explosives were diverted from an explosives-distribution company in the Niger delta to the rebels. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh