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Over 60,000 Weapons Retrieved By NCCSALW In Northwest Zone

Justice Watch Bukavu

By Our Correspondent

National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons in the Northwest zone says it has successfully retrieved over sixty thousand weapons since its inception on May 3, 2021.

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The Zonal Coordinator of the Centre overseeing the Northwest zone, Air Vice Marshal Haruna Muhammad (Retired), made this known during a sensitization lecture held at the Nigeria Army 3 Brigade Command, Bukavu Barracks.

He also disclosed that over twenty-three thousand weapons were destroyed from November to December 2022, further stating that the retrieval was carried out through both kinetic and non-kinetic approaches.

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The Coordinator emphasized that all the collected weapons have been marked by the Centre.

He emphasized investigations conducted by the Centre revealed that most of the weapons were coming from neighboring countries.

He credited the success of the retrieval to the assistance provided by women, mothers, traditional leaders, civil society organizations, non-governmental organizations, and others.

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“The Centre’s presence at Bukavu Barracks was to sensitize the Barracks Community and immediate neighbors about the dangers associated with the proliferation of small arms and light weapons.”

Brigadier General Musa Abubakar Sadiq, the 3 Brigade Commander, urged the Centre to extend its sensitization efforts to marketplaces, religious centers, motor parks, and other locations to achieve its goals.

He emphasized the timeliness of the Centre’s actions in addressing the proliferation of small arms and light weapons.

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Brigadier General Sadiq, on behalf of the Bukavu Barracks Community, commended the Centre for initiating the awareness campaign within the Barracks.

Similarly, Alhaji Bashir Albasu, Makaman Gaya, who represented the Emir of Gaya, stressed the importance of engaging traditional rulers in the Centre’s activities due to their closeness to the public.

The traditional rulers expressed readiness to support the Centre in increasing public awareness, underscoring their commitment to assisting in the Centre’s success.

Justice Watch News observed that the event’s highlight was the presentation of plaques to dignitaries and the capture of photographs.

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