The National Task Force on Prohibition of Illegal Importation/Smuggling of Arms, Ammunition, Light Weapons, Chemical Weapons and Pipeline Vandalism (NATFORCE) has announced plans to engage over 4, 000 youths of Ebonyi State to check light weapons proliferation.
This was disclosed weekend by the director-general of NATFORCE, Dr Baba Mohammed, when he visited Governor David Umahi at the Government House, Abakaliki.
The federal government is determined to break the supply chain of light weapons within ECOWAS sub-region, Dr Muhammed said.
He also announced the designation of Ebonyi State as Zone 12 NATFORCE headquarters to coordinate other states within the jurisdiction of the zone.
According to him, “ECOWAS member states consider the proliferation of small arms and light weapons as a major threat to peace and tranquillity within the region.”
Responding, Governor Umahi blamed the deteriorating security situation in the country to the proliferation of light weapons.
Umahi commended NATFORCE for bracing for the challenge. To encourage the operations of the operatives, Umahi announced the donation of an office accommodation and two Hilux vans for the agency.
Quoting him, “I urge you to always carry all Nigerians along in whatever they are doing as it is the only way the citizens can feel and have that sense of belonging and the spirit of oneness will always be there.”