The Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapons in Gusau on Monday, May 14, 2018 destroyed 5,870 illegal arms and ammunition recovered by the Zamfara Government. The exercise marked the launch of the pilot stage of the destruction of arms and weapons recovered from persons who illegally held them. The recovery in Zamfara was made from repentant bandits who surrendered their weapons to the state government Committee for Peace, Reconciliation and Disarmament, headed by the deputy governor, Ibrahim Wakkala. The exercise which took place at Zamfara Trade Fair Complex in Gusau, was chaired by the chairman of the Presidential Committee, Emmanuel Imohe.
The event was attended by Zamfara governor, Abdul’aziz Yari and his deputy, Wakkala, representatives of international agencies such as the EU, ECOWAS and UNDP as well as security agencies and traditional rulers.
In his remark, Mr Imohe said the exercise was aimed at destroying a total of 5,870 arms and ammunition received under Zamfara state disarmament initiative.
“Apart from the destruction of illegal and recovered arms, one of the mandates of this presidential committee is also to improve livelihood of the people and communities that surrendered their weapons.
“Zamfara is one of the seven states in the country selected by the Federal Government for a pilot programme.“This programme is also a flat form for raising awareness of dangers associated with the circulation of illegal weapons that have killed, injured and terrorised people all over the world,” he said.
Mr Imohe commended Zamfara for initiating the disarmament programme which resulted to the recovery of over 5,000 small arms, ammunition, grenades, automatic and semi-automatic weapons.
“I am happy to be associated with this laudable efforts made by Zamfara State Government.