ONSA orders dismantling of illegal safety gear



ONSA orders dismantling of illegal safety gear

By Sumaila Ogbaje
The Office of the National Security Advisor has ordered the immediate dismantling of all illegal security gear used to extort, harass and intimidate Nigerians across the country.

ONSA gave this direction in a statement from its head of strategic communications, Mr. Zakari Usman, Sunday in Abuja.

He also warned individuals, organizations and foreign partners in particular about the activities of a security outfit known as “NATFORCE“.

He said the outfit was illegally formed as a task force to combat the illegal importation and smuggling of small arms, ammunition and small arms into the country.

ONSA declared that the National Center for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (NCCSALW), domiciled within it, was the national coordinating mechanism for the control and monitoring of the proliferation of small arms and light weapons. in the country.

According to the statement, ONSA has observed with concern the proliferation of illegal security clothing in the country.

“These illegal groups disguised themselves and acted within the framework of the Nigerian security architecture while extorting, harassing and intimidating Nigerians.

“One of these groups is NATFORCE which seeks to combat the illegal importation of weapons, ammunition, small arms, chemical weapons and pipeline vandalism and has been involved in the establishment of roadblocks. illegal drivers, the conduct of illegal searches, seizures and recruitments.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the general public and all stakeholders should note that NATFORCE is an illegal organization with no mandate or authority to perform these functions.

“This trend is unacceptable and the promoters of NATFORCE are warned to dismantle their structures and operations immediately,” he said.

ONSA said Nigeria has initiated the process of fully implementing Article 24 of the ECOWAS Convention on Small Arms and Light Weapons following the establishment of NCCSALW on May 3.

He urged national and international stakeholders to work closely with the center to strengthen government and civil society initiatives. (NAA)


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