“A Bill for an Act to provide for the establishment of the Nigeria National Commission against the Proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons and for related matters.” Have scaled through first reading
while the Senators debated on the bill sponsored by Senator Smart Adeyemi. The senators expressed divergent opinions while some accused security agencies in the country of giving weapons to criminals to unleash mayhem on its citizens
They linked killings, kidnapping, banditry and other forms of insecurity in the country to the proliferation of small arms and light weapons.
The lawmakers also indicted the Nigeria Customs Service and the Nigeria Immigration Service for conniving with criminals who smuggled arms and ammunition illegally into the country.
Senator Adeyemi said, “The bill will recommend possible ways to monitor, control, halt, and mitigate the nagging illegal activities of unscrupulous persons, companies and organisations.”
For his part Senator Adamu Aliero accused men of the Nigeria Customs Service of allegedly conniving with arms dealers to smuggle in small arms into the country through the borders.
He said, “If the bill is not passed into law by the National Assembly, violence will continue unabated.”
Senator Ibrahim Gobir alleged that immigration and Customs were “conniving with criminals to proliferate illegal arms and ammunition into the country.”