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Kogi 2023: Task Force worries over proliferation of arms

Kogi 2023: Task Force worries over proliferation of arms

The Director-General, Special Task Force on illegal Smuggling of firearms, Friday Sanni Makama has expressed worries over the proliferation of firearms among youths in Kogi East.

Makama disclosed this while addressing newsmen, saying that some influential personalities in the Eastern axis were already empowering some youths with dangerous weapons aimed to cause mayhem in Kogi’s next election.

The former Kogi State lawmaker, who also noted that his office cannot be distracted by ethnic bias, described as unfortunate the misconception of some individuals concerning the task force set up by Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State to curb illegal arms handling across the three senatorial districts.

“The governor understudied all my achievements in the past and married it with my admission into the international police corporation and said, we can still make use of this man, bring all these youths and convince them to return arms under their control so that the state can be free of armed robbery, kidnapping, thuggery and many more,” he said.

According to him, “Since my appointment, I have received several calls, to include some very highly placed persons who call me to tell me look, the target is that the governor is trying to make sure that my office will go to Kogi East Senatorial District and disarm them so that the governor can unleash terror against the people of Kogi East. They said I should not allow myself to be used. They said they don’t want these young people to be disarmed.

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“So that means, they have already armed them. That is the meaning. That means the government has properly contemplated them. They said I should not allow myself to be used to disarm the youths in Kogi East. That the arm they have is the only thing they can rely upon now to be able to do this election.

“You can see. And I asked these prominent citizens; indigenous people of this state. I asked them this question; do you have any of your children in any part of Kogi East now that has the arm to be able to fight in the next election, against the government in power?

“And the answer is to the negative. None of them has their children at home. They are simply giving arms and ammunition to innocent poor children at home so that they can create mayhem.”

Makama further said: “My appointment by the governor has been able to prove the fact that several youths are already being armed to create mayhem in the next election, and I don’t think that there is any reasonable government that will have that level of intelligence, and watch you succeed in creating mayhem in the state. Our mandate is very simple, which is to assist security agencies, to uncover arms and ammunition across the state.

“In doing this, we work with the Department of State Services (DSS), Nigeria police and other sister security agencies to achieve the targeted goal.”