The Director General of the National Taskforce on the Prohibition of Illegal Importation of Small Arms, Ammunitions and Light Weapons, Dr. Osita Emmanuel Okereke, has disclosed that the agency was more than prepared to face the challenges of use of illegal arms in the forthcoming general elections.
Speaking in Abuja, Dr. Okereke maintained that the choice of the newly-appointed Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu would guarantee security of the nation.
He said, the agency would also cooperate with the new IGP in the task of mopping up illegal arms, disclosing that the agency worked together with him, when he served as Enugu State Commissioner of Police in the past.
“We are working to strengthen our Agency in preparatory for the forthcoming general election across the country.”
“We wish to seize this opportunity to congratulate president Muhammadu Buhari for the right choice of the new Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu whose appointment we join the rest of Nigerians to say, “a well-deserved appointment.
“Adamu has what it takes to guarantee the security of this country given his laudable achievements while in Enugu and other states of Nigeria.
“This Agency cooperated with him to achieve great goals while in Enugu and we can testify that when Adamu was in Enugu state, there were no armed robbery cases in the state and beyond until him was redeployed to another state.”
“He is a man that pays attention to every criminal report sent to him and so we congratulate and welcome him to the office of the IGP.
“We are assuring him that the nation’s security system will definitely change for the better with him as the chief security officer of Nigeria.
“I want to assure him that the National Taskforce on the Prohibition of illegal importation of Small Arms, Ammunitions and light weapons and other security Agencies in the country, will cooperate with the him to end the current security challenges in the country.”
Dr Okereke sought the cooperation of Nigerians on adequate information that would help the new IGP in tackling insecurity in the nation.
He stressed that the agency would partner with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to checkmate violence during elections.
“Already we have indicated our intention to partner with the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC ) under the platform of observer status to enable us checkmate all forms of electoral malpractices, vote buying and its associated violence,” he maintained.