The Director General, National Task force on Illegal Importation of Light Weapons and Small Arms, Osita Okereke, has alleged that the federal government, Nigerian Police Force and other security operatives are not supporting the task force in addressing the proliferation of arms in the country because “they are all compromised.”
“Our problem with us in this country is that our security operatives are compromised, security operatives in Nigeria have to be fair with Nigerians. 80 percent of security operatives in Nigeria are compromised because all these hoodlums are their friends” he affirmed.
Speaking on Channels Television breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, about the perceived non-performance of his task force, Mr. Okereke vowed to resign in six months if the requisite support is given to his task force and a proportional change is not witnessed.
A displeased Okereke stated his task force-which he described as an ’empty force’ – has a lot of information as to where and how these illegal arms can be recovered but the police has denied them any support
He said he has consistently approached the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to provide him and his task force with police officers to help in discovering these arms but to no avail.
“You cannot arrest someone with arms without arms” he lamented.
Mr Okerekere described the recent committee on the proliferation of arms by the federal government as a ‘novice committee’ because “it is a committee that knows nothing about arms and the importation of arms.”
He condemned the constitution of such a committee without the inclusion of his organisation, National Taskforce on Illegal Importation of Light Weapons and Small Arms.