By Wilfred Sawa
The West Afrucan Action Network On Small Arm, WAANSA has called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to immediately set up a stakeholders working group on security to be domesticated at the office of the National Security Adviser.
The call is contained in a letter written to the Vice President Kashim Shetima and made available to Daybreak Nigeria.
The letter which was signed by Martin Igwe the Regional 1st Vice President West Africa Action Network of Small Arms (WAANSA) and copied the National Security Adviser, said the working group should be made up of Vigilante Groups, Traditional Rulers, Youths and Women groups and other relevant civil societies organisations with responsibility of monitoring and reporting early warning signals that can help address security situation in the country. It said WAANSA in collaboration with Regional and National Stakeholders will continue to compliment the effort of government towards National peace, security and development.
WAANSA, noted that there have been ceaseless abuse of ECOWAS protocol of free entry and free exit which have made border communities a ” heaven of criminal elements who constantly disrupt governance and continues to be threat to National peace and development.”
It also observed that the many internally displaced camps scattered all over Nigeria especially in the FCT exercebates security problem as they have become “homes of drug peddlers and all sorts of criminal activities”.
It therefore called for the strengthening of securities at borders communities to end criminalities and the identification of all internally displaced camps in the country and compiling relevant data of occupants to check the menance.