Insecurity: FG’s commission on management of light weapons takes off soon

ECOWAS Headquarters


Chairman, Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapons (PRESCOM), Ambassador Emmanuel Imole, has called for efficient management of stockpiled small and light weapons as part of measures to address incessant killings across the country.  

Speaking yesterday at a meeting organised by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on the problem of small arms and light weapons, Amole assured that federal government was in the process of establishing the commission for the management of stockpiled weapons in the country.

He stated that escalated rate of violence experienced across the country, especially the menace of herdsmen, requires sound implementation of ECOWAS convention on small arms and light weapons.  

Imole, who represented the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the sub-regional meeting to review implementation of the convention on light weapons, also harped on the availability of funds to make fight extreme violence easier.

Describing terrorism as a regional and transnational threat, he called for the cooperation of the region, stressing that one country cannot successfully wage transnational war on its own, adding: “As such, there is need to uphold the meeting of the countries in the region.”

Head, Department of Political Affairs, Peace and Security, ECOWAS, Halima Ahmed, who decried the activities of herdsmen, pointed out that finance remains a constraint in the fight of extreme violence in the region.  

Represented by Agnekethom Cyriaque, Ahmed commended the European Union (EU) for accepting to fund a number of activities in the fight against terrorism, including the planned activities in the Lake Chad Basin, aimed at controlling proliferation of small arms and light weapons.  

Jonas Paka, Secretary General of Togo National Commission, called for an investigation of how herdsmen are able to access weapons, stating that the two-day meeting would, among other issues, appraise implementation of roadmap on physical safety and stockpile management.

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