5,870 Recovered Illegal Arms Destroyed In Zamfara
A look at the guns recovered from persons who held them illegally in Zamfara State will leave one wondering if people were preparing for war in the state.
The situation will also leave one with questions about the people's trust in the security structure in the state and may be in Nigeria.
Are the guns those brought in from Libya, like President Muhammadu Buhari has said at different occasions?
Over 5,000 guns were destroyed in the pilot phase of an operation to destroy all illegal arms in Nigerian states, as the government seeks ways of ending incessant killings by persons mostly believed to be herdsmen.
The arms were destroyed by the Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapons in Gusau on Monday.
A total of 5,870 illegal arms and ammunition recovered by the Zamfara State government were destroyed.
The recovery in Zamfara was made from repentant bandits who surrendered their weapons to the state government Committee for Peace, Reconciliation and Disarmament, headed by the Deputy Governor, Malam Ibrahim Wakkala.
The exercise took place at Zamfara Trade Fair Complex in Gusau, and it was chaired by the Chairman of the Presidential Committee, Ambassador Emmanuel Imohe.
The event was attended by Zamfara Governor, Abdul’aziz Yari, and his deputy, Wakkala, representatives of international agencies such as the EU, ECOWAS and UNDP as well as security agencies and traditional rulers.
Imohe told the gathering that the exercise was aimed at destroying a total of 5,870 arms and ammunition received under Zamfara state disarmament initiative.
“Apart from the destruction of illegal and recovered arms, one of the mandates of this presidential committee is also to improve livelihood of the people and communities that surrendered their weapons.
“Zamfara is one of the seven states in the country selected by the Federal Government for a pilot programme.
“This programme is also a flat form for raising awareness of dangers associated with the circulation of illegal weapons that have killed, injured and terrorised people all over the world,” he said.
The committee inaugurated in April 2013 by the Federal Government with the mandate to be the focal point in the efforts of the country to address the movement of illicit illegal arms and light weapons is working with international organisations to conduct practical disarmament at border communities in Nigeria and provide a support for repentant bandits.
In his remark, Governor Yari thanked the Federal Government for setting up the presidential committee, and international organisations for their efforts to maintain peace and stability in the state and country.
“We are going to provide authentic lists of repentant bandits and those who surrendered their arms and submit it to the Federal Government for assistance with the aim of changing their livelihood,” he told them.