From Umar Dankano, Yola.
The federal, states and local government councils have been charged to double their security intelligence networks in tracking the trafficking of illegal small arms and light weapons circulating in our societies.
Dr.Osita Emmanuel Okereke,Director General of the National Taskforce for the Prohibition of Illegal Small Arms, Ammunitions,Light/chemical Weapons and Pipeline Vandalism (NAT FORCE) gave the charge in Yola,Adamawa state capital, weekend, while fielding questions from journalists.
He propagated that curtailing small arms and light weapons remain sacrosanct, if the nation want to get out of its present insecurity challenges.
Dr.Okereke said the proliferation of these arms and weapons have traumatized the nation’s economy and security because they are used by hoodlums to carry out heinous crimes across the nation.
He explained that the high rate of killings, kidnapping, armed robbery, banditry and the rampaging herdsmen on our communities were as a result of the proliferation of these weapons.
According to him, this reasons informed the introduction of his organization to curtail these illegal importation and possession of small arms and weapons by individuals across the nation.
He said, he was in Yola to properly inaugurate the commission which had undergone so many challenges where it battled 19 cases in court and came out victorious.
Okereke said although their bill is still at the national assembly and has not been pass into law but he is sure that nobody will want to stop such an important bill like theirs which has been actualized in all ECOWAS nations remaining Nigeria.
He said this sequel an agreement reached by all ECOWAS nations in 2009 which Nigeria was part of it .
According to him , the agreement was that all ECOWAS nations should checkmate the illegal movement and possession of small arms and light weapons by individuals across ECOWAS nations gear toward curtailing the insecurity challenges ravaging most of them.
He maintained that if perpetrators of these heinous crimes are not in possession of illegal arms, they cannot be able to carry out these crimes adding that insecurity should be a concern to every Nigerian.
Okereke asserted that the agreement reached has made his organization sacrosanct because the police, army and civil defence cannot do it alone.
He said his organization has planned to recruit 350 persons per each Local Government Area from every aspect of lives across the nation adding that this a way of introducing internal security in all Nigerian villages and communities.
“ We going to recruit and train 350 interested persons per each local government areas across the nation because there are communities that have no army, police and civil defence, when there is a distress call it will be difficult for them to reach there either because of terrian or logistic challenges “
“Let everybody watch his community, that is why we are not doing the recruitment only base on academy qualification, even if you are a truck pusher, Mama put or anything you do for a living “
“This is because we want to get accurate information about every community so as tackle the insecurity challenges bedevilling our nation” he said.