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INSECURITY: Buhari Establishes Centre For Small Arms Control

INSECURITY: Buhari Establishes Centre For Small Arms Control

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By Ibrahim Ramalan

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the establishment of a National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons, NCCSALW, to be domiciled in the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA.

This is contained in a statement today Monday by the ONSA’s Head of Strategic Communication, Z.M Usman. According to the statement, the NCCSALW replaces the defunct Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapons and shall serve as the institutional mechanism for policy guidance, research and monitoring of all aspects of Small Arms and Light Weapons, SALW, in Nigeria.

 “This decision is part of the ongoing restructuring of Nigeria’s security architecture to address emerging threats and strengthen the regional mechanism for the control, prevention and regulation of SALW.

“The impact of the proliferation of SALW across national borders in Africa and the Sahel region has resulted in terrorism, human trafficking, organized crime, and insurrections in West Africa and Nigeria.

“Therefore, as one of the measures in tackling this threat, the new Centre will be fulfilling the requirements of the ECOWAS Moratorium on Import, Export, and Manufacture of Light Weapons as well as the UN Plan of Action to prevent, combat, and eradicate the illicit trade in SALW.

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