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FG Mulls Commission To Mop Up Small Arms




The minister of Defence, Mansur Dan Alli,  has said that the federal government will soon set up a commission to mop up small arms and address the menace of light arms proliferation in the country.

The minister disclosed this yesterday in Gusau at a special town hall meeting on federal government measures to curb killings and cattle rustling in Zamfara State.

Also present was the minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu. Others are  ministers of State, Environment, Usman Jibrin;  Budget and National Planning, Hajia Zainab Ahmed and Industry, Trade and Investment, Hajia Aisha Abubakar.

Responding to questions from participants at the town hall meeting, Alli said that the new commission under the office of the National Security Adviser would be charged with the responsibility of mopping up small arms, among others.

He said most of the proliferated small arms in the country came from Libya through the sub-Saharan route.

The minister said that Nigeria had over 3,000 forests,  most of which were used for arms trafficking and were so enormous for military and security control.

He underscored the need for regular recruitment of security personnel, training as well as capacity development to checkmate criminality.

The minister said compared to the lip service by previous governments, the  Muhammadu Buhari  administration had recruited over 30,000 security personnel in three years.

The retired general charged state and local government administrations to double their efforts in beefing up security in collaboration with traditional rulers.

Alli said that the crises in Zamfara were not between farmers and herdsmen neither were they religious or ethnic, but due to activities of bandits.

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