NCCSALW Seeks Stronger Ties With Police To Curb Illicit Arms

Nokai Origin, Abuja

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The National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons, NCCSALW, is seeking to strengthen collaborations with arms-bearing agencies of government, particularly the Nigerian Police Force (NPF).

The aim is to address identified drivers of insecurity, such as the availability of illicit arms.

The Coordinator, National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons, DCP Johnson Babatunde Kokumo (retired) stated this when he led members of his team on a courtesy visit to the Force Headquarters Abuja.

 

 

While expressing his appreciation to the Nigerian Police Force for the support it has enjoyed since it’s establishment, DCP Johnson calls for greater support in the area of ridding the agency of illegal agencies that parade themselves as agencies for control of small arms.

He said illegal small Arms is a major driver of insecurity in the country therefore the centre needs the support of the Nigerian Police while calling for strengthening of collaborations between the two organisations.

The Nigerian Police is highly dependable when it comes to intelligence gathering, therefore we need their support in areas if intelligence gathering, stopping illegal possession of firearms, generation of national data and analysis of it for the Control of firearms, small arms and light weapons”

“The Centre has a national data centre where we collate data of recovery by all agencies of government, aside collating data, we go further to investigate the sources of the weapons, we need your assistance in this regard which will tremendously push the fight to the criminals,” the Coordinator said.

DCP Johnson equally appealed for the centre to be involved in the process of investigation of cases of recovered small arms and light weapons while calling for promotion of public Awareness.

He said; “We want collaborations in the area of capacity building workshops, trainings, and arms destruction exercise, partnership with the training department of the police.”

The Inspector General of Police, IGP Kayode Egbetokun while responding assured the coordinator of the cooperation of the Force Headquarters, stressing that the Nigerian Police Force has no choice than to work with the National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons.

He acknowledged the critical role of the centre in curbing violence in Nigeria and admits that the availability of small arms in the wrong hands has given life to banditry, kidnapping and all kinds of crimes and vices in the society.

He therefore pledged the support of the Police in the areas of intelligence sharing, operations which that lead to recovery of arms and tracing of sources of the arms as well as training of the personnel of the centre.

We believe the relationship with the police and the centre will improve with you on board,” IGP Egbeteku.

 

 

Mercy Chukwudiebere

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