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Nigeria seek collaboration with Ghana to tackle proliferation of arms

The NSA and the Ghanian Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia

The National Security, Adviser, NSA, Retired Major-General Babagana Monguna has sought a closer collaboration among security agencies between Ghana and Nigeria to effectively tackle the proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons in the two countries.

        General Monguno made the call when he delivered a public lecture at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College titled ‘’the state of security in West Africa: curbing the spread of terrorism and preventing coup contagion” to the Ghana Armed Forces Course participants and student in Accra Ghana.

        A statement by the Head of Strategic Communication in the office of the NSA Mallam Zakari Usman, said that General Monguno stressed that the much-needed collaboration would also help in stamping out herders/famers’ clashes, Cross – Border Movement of criminals and drug trafficking in the region.

        According to the statement, the NSA underscored the importance of countering terrorism and violent extremism, transnational organized crimes, climate change, cyber threats, porous borders and privacy/sea robbery in the Gulf of ‘guinea.

        The statement further noted that General Monguno while in Ghana met with Senior Ghanaian and Nigerian officials, including the Minister of National Security, of Ghana Albert Kan-Dapaah, and the High Commissioner to Ghana Ambassador Ibok Eta-Abas and the Ghanaian Vice President, Alhaji  Mahamudu Bawumia.

        The National Security Adviser, during the visit conveyed the appreciated of President Muhammadu Buhari to the Ghanaian Minister of National Security for his visit to Nigeria in October last year.

        General Monguno congratulated the Ghanaian Minister on the successful hosting of the maiden Edition of ECOWAS forum of NSA’s and advised that the takeaway from the meeting which included the need to strengthen collective regional response, develop capabilities to tackle regional threats and the development of regional security be vigorously pursued and implemented.

Reporting by Emmanuel Ejim, editing by Daniel Adejo