Illegal Arms: Did the border closure stop it's proliferation? – Dr. Ona & Dr. Kabiru
3 months ago
DR. ONA EKHOMU PRESIDENT, ASSSOCIATION OF INDUSTRIAL SECURITY & SAFETY OPERATORS OF NIGERIA & DR. KABIRU ADAMU
Member States of the Economic Community of West Africa, ECOWAS are becoming worrisome over the continuous closure of Nigerians land borders. Nigeria’s land borders which was closed in August 2019, effectively banning the import and export of all goods through the borders as part of measures to tackle smuggling and promote consumption of locally produced goods, is constantly under criticism by neighbouring countries in West Africa.
Recently, in a meeting with President Roch Marc Christian Kabore of Burkina Faso following his mandate from ECOWAS to resolve the issues that culminated in the partial closure of the Nigerian borders.at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari explained to his guest that Nigeria’s decision to partially close the borders to goods from neighbouring countries was purely to safeguard national security.
According to Buhari, the inflow of weapons, ammunition and drugs have witnessed a decline in banditry using such weapons since the partial closure of the border.
Joining us now to dissect the President’s view that there’s been drop in the influx of small arms and light weapons since border closure came into effect, are two security experts. With us here in the Lagos studio is Dr. Ona Ekhomu, a security expert and President, Association of Industrial and Safety Operators of Nigeria, And from our Abuja studio, is Dr Kabiru Adamu, Managing Director, Beacon Consulting Limited, a firm providing enterprise risk and security management.