02 September 2020 by Kayode Oyedare
National Task Force on illegal importation of arms, ammunition, light weapons and chemical weapons, has urged the office of the national security adviser to engage critical stakeholders in a meeting before the take off of the National Center for the Control of illegal Arms and Ammunition.
Director General of the task force Dr Osita Okereke who gave the advice while speaking with news men on the new presidential initiative in Abuja said the inability of similar centres established by the previous administrations to engage experts in the security sector and receive inputs, led to their failure.
While commending president Muhammadu Buhari’s efforts at addressing insecurity in the country, Dr Okereke said collective efforts must be made to retrieve high number of illegal arms in the hands of some unpatriotic Nigerians.
The Director General of the national task force stressed the need for the Executive and Legislative arms to expedite action on the bill seeking the establishment of a commission on illegal arms that has passed second reading in the national assembly.
According to him, Fifteen countries have domesticated the ECOWAS protocols on checking proliferation of illegal arms in the sub region and only Nigeria is left behind.
Dr Okereke assured Nigerians that the task force would continue to engage traditional and Youth organizations in tackling insecurity in communities and rural areas across the country.