By Emma Amaize & Godwin Oghre
SAPELE—FORMER Commissioner in Delta State, Chief Omolubi Newuwumi, yesterday, said the Federal Government could rein in importation of illegal weapons by Niger Delta militants, Boko Haram insurgents and other illegal arms bearers into the country by studying the make, identification codes and serial numbers of armaments to know the countries manufacturing and selling them.
Chief Newuwumi spoke against the backdrop of a large- cache of sophisticated arms and ammunition recently surrendered by ex-militants at Ajakpa axis of Ondo State and a meeting of stakeholders, today, with President Muhammadu Buhari, to deliberate on how to reduce crime in the country.
He said: “You hear about the large cache of ammunition which some ex-militants surrendered in Ajakpa community in Ondo State. President Buhari expressed surprised at such volume of arms. Ajakpa in Ondo State is in Niger Delta.
“I want to advise the Federal Government to monitor arms and ammunition entering the country and stop the entry of illegal weapons into the country.
“If the government wants to prevent crime, it should monitor the weapons that are entering the country. The weapons have identification codes and serial numbers that show the countries manufacturing them. If the government knows the countries, it can stop their exporting them into the hands of Boko Haram, Niger Delta militants and other illegal weapon carriers,” he said. .
Newuwumi noted: “The government should be pro-active. The exercise of its proactive action can stop such importation by the citizens from those foreign countries. Nigeria should be proactive in its drive to reduce crime across the country and not be biased in bringing offenders to justice.
“The country’s ability to abort social vices through the execution of un-biased criminal justice is highly predicated on the availability and presence of experienced, talented and corruption- free police force. If corruption is the bane of the Nigeria Police Force, which is the mindset of most Nigerians, it means that for the government to achieve its social justice target, it must purge the police force of corruption, overhaul and reform the police system.
“For any nation to thrive in democratic governance, an un-biased and corrupt -free police system is a sine-qua-non. Except the Nigerian Police Force is over-hauled and reformed, it will be hard to alter the mindset of the average Nigerian towards it. As of now, the mindset of the generality of Nigerians is that the country’s police force is the most corrupt in the world and an enemy of the society,” he stated.