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Insecutiry: Nigerian gunsmiths would soon have database — NCCSALW boss

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The Coordinator of the National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (NCCSALW),Major General Abba Mohammed Dikko (rtd), has said that very soon all gunsmiths and other related artisanal tradesmen in the country would have a database. He made this statement during the destruction of 3000 illicit small arms and light weapons […]
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The Coordinator of the National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (NCCSALW),Major General Abba Mohammed Dikko (rtd), has said that very soon all gunsmiths and other related artisanal tradesmen in the country would have a database.

He made this statement during the destruction of 3000 illicit small arms and light weapons recovered by the Centre at the Nigerian Army Engineering Deport in Kaduna on Wednesday.

Dikko in his opening remarks noted with concern the growing prevalence of craft weapon production across the country and the contributory role it has continued to play in escalating the menace of illicit arms proliferation.

However, he assured that efforts have reached advanced stages to create a robust database for all gunsmiths and other related artisanal tradesmen in the country with a view to establishing a regulatory regime for their activities or integrating them into the state weapon production architecture.

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He then explained that the objectives of the exercise was to prevent captured illicit weapons from being recycled into society, and to meet nigeria’s obligations on weapons destruction under various international instruments.

Speaking about the NCCSALW, the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno, who was represented by the Director, Policy and Strategy in the office of the NSA; Ambassador Aminu Lawal, assured that the government is working assiduously and engaging the NASS to ensure the expeditious passage of the Bill establishing the centre.

He noted, “There is no gainsaying in the fact that the proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SMLW) constitutes a huge threat to our national security. It has become a major source of vulnerability in our society and stands out as a key driver of violent conflict, crime and terrorism within and beyond our borders.

The NCCSALW was established in May 2021 as a part of a wider national response to the escalating menace of the proliferation of illicit SALW in nigeria and the sub-region.

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