The federal government Monday made spirited efforts to stop proliferation of small and light arms in view of the rising insecurity in the country.
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Part of the measure is the establishment of National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (NCCSALW) by the office of the National Security Adviser.
In a statement, the Head, Strategic Communication, Mr. Zachari Usman, Office of the National Security Adviser said the Centre will be headed by Maj. Gen. A.M. Dikko (rtd).
The Centre will replace the defunct Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapons and will monitor spread of small and light arms in the country.
According to the statement, “This decision is part of the ongoing restructuring of Nigeria’s security architecture to address emerging threats and strengthen the regional mechanism for the control, prevention and regulation of SALW.
“The impact of the proliferation of SALW across national borders in Africa and the Sahel region has resulted in terrorism, human trafficking, organised crime, and insurrections in West Africa and Nigeria.
“As one of the measures in tackling this threat, the new centre will be fulfilling the requirements of the ECOWAS Moratorium on Import, Export, and Manufacture of Light Weapons as well as the UN Plan of Action to prevent, combat and eradicate the illicit trade in SALW.”