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Reps move to create new commission against arms proliferation



A bill that seeks to create a new commission to deal with the proliferation of weapons in the country has passed the second reading in the House of Representatives.

The commission, once created, will eliminate the responsibility of addressing the proliferation of the Nigerian Police Force.

The bill, sponsored by Mohammed Monguno, sought to tame the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, the convention on small arms and light weapons.

The commission will be responsible for coordinating and implementing activities to combat the problem of the proliferation of small arms and light weapons in Nigeria, by the ECOWAS convention on small arms.

Speaking in support of the bill, Yusuf Gagdi (APC, Plateau) said that apart from importing weapons, local blacksmiths are contributing to the proliferation of weapons, adding that the implication of the cost of creating the commission will be compensated for the benefit.

He said: “If you know the involvement of locally made weapons and ammunition, you will understand the importance of this bill.

“The contributions of local weapons are more dangerous than the AK 47 assault rifle; it is essential to investigate the activities of local blacksmiths. No matter the cost implication, the benefit of the commission will offset the cost. ”

The Plateau State legislator also warned the government against the parade of people who voluntarily surrender their weapons and ammunition.

Also speaking in support of the bill, Namdas Abubakar stated that the legislation has become necessary in the face of the inability of the police to confront it.

“Due to the challenges facing the police, if the police have been active, there will be no need for a commission, the police are currently overwhelmed. If there is a commission, then we can call the commission. The weapons are everywhere, “he said.

Some members, who spoke against the bill, rejected the creation of a commission and planned the creation of a particular unit within the police. Umar Bago said: “This can be done without the creation of a new commission.”

Also speaking, Aminu Suleiman said that the country is at risk of “proliferation of commission,” adding that “we should address the issue of the new enumeration of the police and the training of the police.”

GISTOK reports that when the bill was finally put to the vote, the “woes” had it.