Nigerian government on Monday announced plans to establish a commission for the control of illegal firearms in the country.
Minister of Defence, retired Lt.-Gen. Mansur Dan-Ali, said this in Maiduguri at the Special Town Hall meeting for the military and security agencies in the Northeast.
“We have so many proliferations of arms in the country; it is part of my ministry’s responsibilities to control it and it is done initially through a process, which was before a committee.
“The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed forces of Nigeria has agreed to upgrade it to a commission, whereby there will be very knowledgeable and committed persons who will entrust this commission that will help in assemble and collection of the arms in the hands of criminals across the country,” he said.
Dan-Ali said a committee had already been constituted to work out modalities to facilitate smooth take-off of the commission, adding that the committee was expected to submit its report within three weeks.
The minister said that the federal government had adopted effective strategies to transform the Nigeria Army into a professionally responsive military to enable it discharge its duties in the protection of lives, safeguarding the nation’s territory and peace building.
Dan-Ali also disclosed that the federal government had paid 496 million dollars to the United States for the supply of Super Ticano war jets to the Nigerian Air Force.
He noted that a number of operations were being executed by the military to end insurgency, militancy, cattle rustling, kidnapping and banditry in the country.
The minister reiterated government’s commitment to the protection of lives and property as well as guarantee peace and stability in the country.
The meeting was attended by Governor Kashim Shettima, members of national and state assemblies, traditional rulers, security agencies, humanitarian and community organisations from the six states in the region.