- The Chadian army has been accused of illegal sale of arms to different criminals by the Nigerian Navy
- According to the Nigerian Navy, these arms were donated to the country by some developed countries
- Going further, the Navy claimed that these arms are compounding the fight against crimes in Nigeria
In what can be termed as a big revelation, the Nigerian Navy has accused soldiers in the Chadian army of illegal sale of arms.
A representative of the Chief of Naval Staff, Commodore Jemila Abubakar, made the allegation when she represented Awwal Gambo at a public hearing organised by the House of Representatives Committee on National Security and Intelligence on the consideration of four security bills, Daily Trust reports.
According to him, weapons donated by developed countries to neighbouring nations are compounding the security woes of Nigeria, PM News added.
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“I was in charge as a member of the fight against Boko Haram and I can tell you categorically here, I stand to be corrected, that some of these countries that we have borders with have no armoury.
“They do not have armoury. So most of their arms that are being donated by – I don’t want to be specific – the developed countries in the name of assisting us are compounding our problems in Nigeria because you find out that each average Chadian soldier has 20 to 30 arms underneath his bed. When he is broke, he brings it out and sells it for $30, $20. I am here, I am standing here, and I am saying it."
Meanwhile, the Chadian authorities are yet to react to the allegation.
Most armed bandits are Fulani
Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina state says most bandits are of the Fulani ethnic stock as himself, adding that they speak Fulfulde and profess the same religious beliefs with him.
He said many northerners might not like his revelation but maintained that his disclosure remains the truth.
The governor said:
“They are the same people like me, who speak the same language like me, who profess the same religious beliefs like me.
“So, what we have here on ground are bandits; they are not aliens, they are people we know, they are people that have been living with us for 100 of years."
FG moves to end escalating attacks in Zamfara
In a related development, the federal government has ordered telecom networks to shut down services operating in Zamfara for two weeks over the worsening security situation in the state.
The directive was issued on Friday, September 3, by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to all telecommunications providers in the country.
The order was issued in a letter signed by the executive vice-chairman and chief executive officer of NCC, Prof Umar Danbatta.
Source: Legit Newspaper