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FG destroys over 3,000 seized weapons

National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General, Babagana Monguno (rtd) has implored Nigerians to work together towards protecting the country’s peace, political stability, socio-cultural harmony and democracy for a safer Nigeria.

He made the call at the first destruction exercise of over 3,000 seized weapons, organised by the National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons held at Command Engineering Depot Rigachikun, Kaduna.

Represented by the Director of Policy and Strategy, office of the NSA, Ambassador Aminu Lawal, Monguno explained that small and light weapons constitute huge threat to national unity and a major source of vulnerability, which stands out as a key driver of crimes within and beyond our borders.

He disclosed that the federal government was taking firm steps through relevant ministries and agencies to tighten domestic controls to prevent and reduce the flow of illicit arms into illegal hands who are working to undermine national security.

The National Security Adviser reminded Nigerians on the collective responsibility to support government and security agencies in the fight against all forms of behaviours that threaten our well-being.

Major General Monguno (rtd) commended the centre for the successful operationalization of its zonal offices across the country, and expressed the hope that a robust framework has been established for effective grassroots impact in the quest to eradicate illicit arms in the society.

Also speaking, Co-ordinator of the National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons, Major General Abba Mohammed Dikko (rtd) explained that the exercise was aimed at preventing captured illicit weapons from being recycled into the society.

He added that it also highlighted the dangers of illegal weapons as well as the importance of small arms destruction as a vital measure to reduce the proliferation and misuse of firearms.

Reporting by Usman Sani; editing by Abdullahi Lamino