The National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (NCCSALW) says it will continue to support weapons and ammunition management by establishing a database that is easily accountable to security agencies.
The National Coordinator of the Centre, Major General AM Dikko (Rtd), made this known on Thursday when he led a delegation to the office of the acting Inspector General of Police, Ag. Olukayode Egbetokun, on a courtesy visit.
According to him, the largest handover of weapons was by the Nigeria Police Force in 2022, adding that he observes the rate of recoveries made by the Police to rid the country of illicit weapons.
While assuring that the Centre will work assiduously to ensure that all efforts made in the mop-up of weapons are not in vain, he appealed to the Ag. IGP to look into unauthorised outfits presenting themselves as the local organisation for the Control of Illicit Small Arms and Light Weapons, creating more confusion in mitigating the already complex problems caused by the proliferation of illicit arms and light weapons in our society.
In his brief remarks, Ag. IGP Egbetokun revealed that the Police have recently recovered a total of 520 firearms which are being investigated to identify the source.
While weapons stolen from arm-bearing agencies will be returned to them, the rest will be handed over to the Centre as soon as the investigation is concluded.
He further pledged that the Force will continue to strengthen the robust relationship with the Centre and support it with manpower.
On the issue of unscrupulous elements/organizations falsely claiming to be discharging the same responsibilities as the NCCSALW, the IGP maintained that their illegality will not be allowed to stand.
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