Ekweremadu advocates extension of whistleblowers policy to arms proliferation

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu has advocated the extension of the whistleblowers policy to track illegal arms and ammunition, which are in circulation in the country.

Ekweremadu who made the call while receiving members of the Human Rights Association of Nigeria in his office in Abuja, said that mopping up of illicit arms ammunition should be given equal attention like money laundering and corruption.

The Deputy Senate President explained that vital tip-offs received from whistleblowers, will enable security forces to go after illicit arms and ammunition, seized and destroy them.

Saying that the Senate is disturbed by the mass killings and destruction of properties in the country, Ekweremadu warned it will continue until concrete measures are taken to rid the communities of illegal arms and ammunition.

Ekweremadu said, “Life has lost meaning in Nigeria and people are killed every day and everywhere in Ni­geria and the Senate is very worried about it. We just considered the report of the Senate Committee that in­vestigated conflicts in many parts of Nigeria, especially the killings in Southern Ka­duna. We asked the Commit­tee to go back and do more work because the matter is such a very serious one.
“I also made it clear that it is important that just as we have addressed the issues of money laundering and cor­ruption with the whistle-blower policy, it is time for us to bring that to bear on the issue of arms proliferation in the country.
“People keep arms all over the place and some people know where they are. It is time that those who know where these arms are should be able to blow the whistle on them so that the security agencies will be able to go af­ter them and ensure that they are seized and destroyed. So long as we have arms all over the place, the killings will continue”.

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