Senate committee dep. chair reveals FG partial enforcement on border closure in north
Senator Francis Fadahunsi on Monday revealed that several porous borders in Northern Nigeria have continued to aid proliferation of small arms and light weapons across the country.
Fadahunsi, who represents Osun East Senatorial district at the Senate opined that despite the Federal Government’s decision to close all land borders, the menace of smuggling continues rather unabatedly in the Northern axis.
He made this known through a press statement signed by his Media Adviser, Sam Segun-Progress.
“The animal market in Portiskum, Yobe State is a coverup route through which weapons are smuggled into the country in bits and large quantities.
“Who checks the camels, donkeys and other animals being moved in through our borders up North, which papers do the importers of this livestock possess.
“These external supplies can only survive when there are strong internal collaborators. External supplies of small arms could be traced to all the porous land and water borders.
“The Malabo routes are still unmanned, effort by the Navy is on Rice and Petroleum products, nothing is heard of arms smuggling which is also prevalent on water routes, from Badagry, to Epe, to Warri, to Patani, Sapele, Port Harcourt, Eket, Oron to Lokoja, down to Adamawa and Kebbi inland waterways, all with weak security”, Fadahunsi said.
He, therefore, urged the Federal Government to look inward and set out mechanisms to curtail the scourge.
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