Bandits using camels to smuggle arms into Nigeria — Zamfara Governor

Posted by News Express | 28 August 2020 | 780 times

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Bandits have resorted to using camels to smuggle weapons into the country, Zamfara State Governor Bello Muhammad Matawalle has said.

He made the claim before Nigerien prime minister Brigi Refini during talks meant to help stem the tide of cross-border criminal activities in the region.

Zamfara shares an extensive length of border with Niger Republic

“We are aware that due to the pressure on those who smuggle weapons into Nigeria on vehicles, they have now resorted to the use of camels,” Matawalle said.

“I have decided to assist with five vans for surveillance in addition to drones we have already given to the border security of Niger.”

He also extended the request of the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu to the Prime Minister in the area of blocking the transit of weapons into the country.

The meeting was a prelude to the establishment of synergy to fight the criminals in a unified direction.

Refini was received by Governor Matawalle at the Council Chambers in Gusau where the Prime Minister expressed his excitement at the newfound International discourse to end cross-border crimes as it affects the two countries.

Refini said that banditry and terrorism is not peculiar to Nigeria, but his country is facing the same from multiple fronts.

He disclosed that internal strife in the kind of banditry and crimes are not new in the Niger Republic especially from Boko Haram and the insurgency from Mali border down to Burkina Faso.

He said that the efforts of Governor Matawalle were commendable and that such cooperation would bring new ideas and understanding on how to collectively end these crimes. (Daily Trust)

Source: News Express

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