Nigeria establishes center for arms control

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FILE PHOTO: Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari. /VCG
FILE PHOTO: Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari. /VCG

Nigeria on Monday established an arms control center to combat security problems in the country.

“President @MBuhari [Muhammadu Buhari] has approved the establishment of a National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (NCCSALW) to be domiciled in the Office of the National Security Adviser,” the Nigerian Presidency said on Twitter.

The NCCSALW is set to serve as the institutional mechanism for policy guidance, research, and monitoring of all aspects of small arms and light weapons in the West African country, said a statement from the office of the national security adviser.

“This decision is part of the ongoing restructuring of Nigeria’s security architecture to address emerging threats and strengthen the regional mechanism for the control, prevention, and regulation of SALW,” the statement added.

It also stressed that the impact of the proliferation of small arms and light weapons across national borders in Africa and the Sahel region has resulted in terrorism, human trafficking, organized crime, and insurrections

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