From MOHAMMED ABDULLAHI, Keffi
The new Acting Director, Nasarawa State Command of the National Commission for the Prohibition of Illegal Importation/Smuggling of Arms, Light weapons, (NATFORCE), Mr. Ali Arigu has stated that the command has concluded plans to track down the perpetrators of all illegal activities relating to their mandate and seize illegal arms from hoodlums in the state.
Arigu who is a retired army officer disclosed while speaking with newsmen in Keffi about the activities of his organization in the state, saying that all hands were on deck to rid the state of such illegal acts.
He therefore advised those with illegal arms and ammunition to return them to the rightful owners which are the security agencies, saying that they were going to approach and address them on how they can return their arms in a peaceful way, “or we will embark on several tactics which are confidential to get the said arms back”.
“One of my major blueprints in Nasarawa State is to assist the government under the leadership of Engineer Abdullahi Alhaji Sule to curtail insecurity challenges. It will interest you to know that before the governor came on board, there were issues of insecurity which rendered people of the state hopelessness, but now to a maximum status people go to bed with their eyes closed. So we are assuring the governor of our readiness to partner with him and other security agencies and ensure that we move the state forward”, he stated.
He further assured that they were going to deploy their men to all the 13 local government areas of the state to ensure compliance and service delivery to the grassroots communities to ensure results.
He however appealed to the state government to assist them with logistic support, saying that what was delaying their work was just the issue of logistics and operational vehicles, “although hope is not lost owing to the fact that we have a human face governor”.
He stated that the security agency was established by ECOWAS and as soon as President Mohammadu Buhari complied with their request as regards to their absorption into federal government scheme they shall embark on massive employment within the state to take care of their man power needs.
Arigu who further described the Director General of the security outfit Dr. Osita Okereke as awesome in all aspects said his command was witnessing a good working relationship with all the security agencies in Nasarawa State.
He however confirmed the kidnapped of one of his men by kidnapers which was freed after some days adding that the said kidnapers were also apprehended best on intelligent gathering.