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Participants at the forum

PSF Advocates State of Emergency on Small Arms, Light Weapons

The Peace and security Forum has adopted as one of its resolutions, advocacy for the Federal Government to declare State of Emergency for retrieval of small arms and light weapons largely domicile in the hands of many private individuals and groups in Nigeria.

The forum made the resolution at the end of its stakeholders meeting convened recently in Abuja by the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) in collaboration with the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) with the support of the Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme (NSRP).

It observed that from investigations, the huge numbers of arms and other weapons of destruction lying illegally in the hands of people is terrifying and remain a serious threat to lives of innocent Nigerians.

The PSF is therefore urging the Federal Government to quickly empower the Nigeria Police for a thorough search and retrieval operations of these weapons. It reasoned that the lawless individuals and groups causing havocs on people in various communities across the country derive their power from the large quantities of such small arms and light weapons at their disposal.

There is therefore an urgent need according to the forum to dispossess private individuals and groups about from security men on duty of such weapons noting that the fearful situation encourages violence and making the society ungovernable.

It exhorted state governments to strengthen meetings of state security councils with the inclusion of all relevant stakeholders and especially the military, police and all security agencies and the Nigeria Prisons.

The forum advises Nigerians to be law-abiding and always cooperate with the police and all other security operatives who are making huge sacrifices for our safety by volunteering vital information on lawless individuals and groups for the law to take its course.

The meeting presided over by the Director General of the IPCR, Professor Oshita O. Oshita along with his co-chairman, Dr. Jaiye Gaskiya of CISLAC had useful contributions of the representatives of Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA), the military, police and all other Para-military organizations, the Ministry of Defence, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Information and Communication Technology, Defence Headquarters, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Civil Society Organizations. 

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