- The security situation in Nigeria is tense following the increasing proliferation of arms, according to the Bayelsa state government
- Governor Douye Diri made the disclosure during a courtesy visit from a delegation of senior officers at the Government House, Yenagoa
- Diri appealed to the Nigerian government to adopt a holistic approach in the fight against insecurity in the country
Yenagoa, Bayelsa state - Amid the worsening insecurity in Nigeria, Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa state has raised concerns over the rapid increase of arms.
The Punch reports that Diri made this known over the weekend while receiving the Theatre Commander of Operation Restore Peace in the South-South and South-East, DIG Moses Jitoboh at the Government House, Yenagoa.
According to the governor, he doesn't know where the arms that are being circulated come from, Independent newspaper reports.
Diri who was represented by the deputy governor, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, urged the federal government to adopt a holistic approach in the fight against insecurity in Nigeria, most especially in the northern region.
He went on to appeal to the Theatre Commander that efforts taken in Bayelsa should go around the country so that there will be peace everywhere.
The governor explained that though insecurity affects all geopolitical zones of the country, special attention must be given to the north in tackling the issues of the alleged influx of foreign herders and farmers-herders clashes.
Border closure didn’t stop free flow of arms
He attributed the problem to the situation in Libya, saying that once the country remains unstable, illegal arms and ammunition would continue to flow in the Sahel region of Africa.
The Nigerian leader in a statement by his special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, made this known on Thursday, March 17, in Aso Villa, Abuja.
Governor raises alarm over Boko Haram infiltration
The secretary to the Bauchi state government, Sabiu Baba, at a press conference on Monday, May 3, said the insurgents are suspected to have infiltrated four council areas in the state.
He named the affected council areas as Zaki, Gamawa, Darazo, and Dambam.