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Senate approves establishment of agency against arms proliferation

The Senate Tuesday passed a bill to establish the National Commission for the Coordination and Control of the Proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons. …

The Senate Tuesday passed a bill to establish the National Commission for the Coordination and Control of the Proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons. 

This followed the consideration of a report by the Committee on National Security and Intelligence.  

The bill, which is a consolidation of three bills, seeks to curb the proliferation of small arms and light weapons in the country. 

They are: The Nigerian National Commission against the Proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons (Establishment) Bill, 2020(SB. 283); The Nigerian National Commission against the Proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons (Establishment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 513); and The National Centre for the Coordination and Control of the Proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons (Establishment) Bill, 2021 (SB. 794).  

The committee’s chairman, Senator Ibrahim Gobir (APC, Sokoto), while presenting the report, said establishing a commission against proliferation of weapons stemmed from the need to immediately address the country’s insecurity.