From Ibrahim SidiMuh’d Gusau
The Zamfara state government in collaboration with the federal government’s Presidential Committee on Small Firearms and Light Weapons, ECOWAS and European Union as well, has destroyed over 5,870 firearms in efforts to get rid of high profiled criminal activities in the state.
Speaking during the destruction exercise at the Trade Fair Ground in Gusau the state capital yesterday, the Chairman Presidential Committee on Small Firearms and Light Weapons, Ambassador Emmanuel Imohe, commended the Reconciliation and Disarmament Committee constituted by the state government under the chairmanship of the Deputy Governor, Malam Ibrahim Wakkala.
Ambassador Imohe, who lauded the efforts by the reconciliation committee which either disarmed a multitude number of insurgents and or voluntarily surrender firearms said, the federal government is satisfied with the way and level of commitment by Zamfara state government toward making insurgency a history.
In his remarks, the Coordinator of the Presidential Committee, Mr. NkemakonamDikcson Orji stated that, the disarming and destruction of illegally operated firearms programme is under the supervision of ECOWAS and EU which is aimed at ensuring successful movements towards disarming and destruction, safer living and legitimate activities as well across innocent communities in accordance with international policy on arms possessions.
According to him, “The main objectives of the exercise after the recovery is to ensure that the illegal firearms were not allowed to circulate back to the miscreants, and also, the surrendered ones should be offered total amnesty and all necessary supports with a view for them to return to normal living, I am also assuring EU’s continuous support to ECOWAS in order to achieve the restoration of relative peace not only in Zamfara but the nation at large”.
Also speaking, Governor AbdulazizYariAbubakar said, his administration had spent over 13 billion naira on security within his seven years in office in efforts to address the lingering security challenges ranging from cattle rustling, kidnapping and armed banditry which consumed lives of innocent people in the state.
“I found it necessary to commend the federal government, European Union and ECOWAS for their efforts and most needed support to Zamfara state in respect of making the state peaceful again and a heaven like no other for investors, I am assuring my cooperation and support where and when needed”, Yari has assured.