By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
A former Director of the Department of State Security Service (DSS), Mr. Dennis Amachree, has called upon the National Assembly (NASS) ,to urgently ratify the Economic Community Of West African States Convention on Small Arms And Light Weapons.
Amachree made the call Thursday while speaking on the topic , ‘Proliferation Of Arms : A Threat To Democracy’, at the 2019 Crime Reporters Association Of Nigeria (CRAN) Annual Lecture and Awards ceremony held at the banquet hall of Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja , Lagos ,
He posited that the solution to a successful combating of Proliferation in the Country , is sincerity of purpose by government in person, leading the citizenry towards a democratic governance.
According to the Ex Secret Police Chief, the ratification of the convention, would ” Commit the member states in controlling the unabated flow of these arms into the region ” His words: ” There are divergent local legislature existing among countries that share the same borders. . To be on the same page, there is need for the countries to speak the same Language and be on the same page, as to what the legislation means.
In his Speech, the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Muhammed Adamu , bemoaned the proliferation and smuggling of small and light arms into the country.
The IGP said the proliferation is affecting the security and economy of the country.
Adamu who was ably represented by the Assistant Inspector General of Police in Charge of Zone 2, AIG Ahmed Illiyasu, however solicited community support to fighting criminality, kidnapping and banditry in the country.
He said, ”it is of great concern the way arms and ammunition is being illegally imported, smuggled, made and possessed in the country.The police are not unaware of its effect on the security and economy of the country.. Contributing, the Royal Father of the Day, the Oluwo of Iwo , Oba Abdul- Rasheed Adewale Akanbi , advocated death penalty for perpetrator of cultism, kidnapping and other heinous crimes.
“I am an advocate of no cultism,no secret society. There should be be strict implementation and severe penalties for anyone who takes others live in the crime of ritual murders. There should be death penalty for kidnapping, cultism and terrorism . when people are cutting human head for rituals, you go to market and they are selling human head, then you wonder, are we civilised? They say it is our culture but that is not our culture. Our culture should be about love for the next person. We have to correct the mistakes of the past by improving on what our ancestors left behind.
Continuing he said, ” in technology, western world are the champion. We should copy well like China and replicate in our country. Let us support president Mohammed Buhari. Let us patronise made in Nigeria goods. “. Chairman of the occasion, Dr. Bone Chinye Efoziem, in his goodwill message urged that crime reporting should be treated as a special beat in journalism and those covering the beat should be properly groomed and nurtured.
Earlier, President Of CRAN, Mr. Sunday Odita, in his welcome address enumerated the developmental strides and step that the Association has transversed in its over 27 years of existence. While concluding his key note address Amachree had stated that from 2016 reports, the number of small arms and light weapon in west Africa has increases to about 800million of which 75% are in Nigeria. He concluded that if the national Assembly are able to successfully ratify the convention, it would commit member States controlling the unabated flow of these arms into the region. According to him, in English speaking West African countries, the police commissioners in various states can approve small arms licence , while in French speaking countries, it is the chiefs of police.