Senate Probes Illegal Importation of 661 Weapon intercepted by Nigerian Customs

By: Michael Shaibu

The Nigerian Senate has directed its committee on Customs to investigate the recent incident of illegal Importation of 661 sophisticated weapons into the country.

This was sequel to a motion, sponsored ‎by Senator Hope Uzodinma (Imo West)‎ on the urgent need to stem the proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons in Nigeria.

While reeling out the importance of the motion, Senator Uzodinma noted that the peace and security of the country is threatened with the influx of illegal Small Arms and Light weapons into the country.

‎Senator Uzodinma said that the Nigerian Customs seized a truck load of sophisticated rifles illegally imported into the country from China, warning that failure to stop this ugly trend will encourage kidnapping, cultism, cattle rustling, Boko Haram menace, armed robbery among other social vices in the country.

Senate expressed worries about the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Development reports that Nigeria has about 350 million or 70% of N500 million illegal arms in the continent

In his ruling the President of the Senate Bukola Saraki expressed hope that occurrence of illegal arms importation can be stopped when the full report is back and when the culprits are made to face the full weight of the law.

The Senate also resolves to mandate its Committee on Customs to examine all the processes involved in importation of Goods, urging the Federal Government to promote inter agency synergy among other security agencies in order to intensify safety in our land and sea borders.

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