Reports emerging indicate that the Presidential Committee of Small Arms and Light Weapons (PRESCOM) has destroyed about 700 weapons which were confiscated from cattle rustlers in Kaduna State
According to the Chairman of the body, Amb. Emmanuel Imohe, during the destruction program which was overseen by military personnel at the 35 Battalion, Nacinta Barracks, in Katsina on Monday, over 690 million illegal arms and weapons were in circulation worldwide with the West African sub-region alone accounting for eight million.
In reference to the International Action Network of Small Arms (IANSA), Imohe stated that not less than 50,000 lives but more were lost due to the multiplication of arms, as he noted that PRESCOM was collaborating with local as well as international partners to put a stop to the trend of illegal arms and weapons multiplication in Nigeria.
PRESCOM labeled and dedicated 2017-2018 as Disarmament/Arms destruction Year in partnership with the state government, with emphasis on the conduct of pragmatic disarmament of arms as well the recovery of arms in specific border areas nationwide.
He disclosed that the disarmament is being put in place in seven states of the country, and comprises Kaduna, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara in the North West and Cross River and Akwa Ibom state in the South-South.
He added that 700 weapons which included the likes of grenades, automatic as well as semi -automatic weapons were recovered from remorseful cattle rustlers that were operating in Katsina State.
The State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the State (SGS), Mustapha Inuwa made the following remarks, “world leaders should ensure strict regulation of small arms and light weapons trade and support developing nations in combating the scourge of illicit arms and light weapons proliferation, insurgencies, ethnic conflicts and religious intolerance.”
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