The Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (retd.) has said hard times await traffickers of small and light weapons in the country.
The minister said that these weapons were fueling insecurity in the country,adding that the regime would do all within its capacity to ensure they were nabbed and prosecuted.
According to a statement by his Special Assistant Media and Publicity ,Mohammad Abdulkadri on Tuesday, he said the government was taking steps to address the reported deficit.
Magashi was quoted as saying this during the opening ceremony of a four-day National Training Workshop with the theme, ‘Strengthening Inter – Agency Cooperation in Treaty Implementation and Reporting in Nigeria.’
Participants were drawn from the Ministry, Defence Headquarters, the Tri – Services, Para-military Institutions and parastatals.
The Minister of Defence was represented by the Director Joint Services Department, and National Focal Point Ministry of Defence, Mrs Olu Mustapha.
The statement was titled, ‘Arms trade treaty: Minister of Defence assures on treaty implementation, reporting paradigm shifts.’
“The Minister of Defence, Maj. Gen. Bashir Salihi Magashi (retd) has assured the Arms Trade Treaty, of the government’s resolve to re- invigorating the nation’s mechanisms to address reporting deficit,” part of the statement read.
It added, “He also said hard times await traffickers of small and light weapons traffickers in the country.”
In his goodwill message, the Head, ATT Secretariat, Domisani Dladla expressed satisfaction with the huge turn out of participants at the training.
Dladla commended the Federal Government for the leadership role Nigeria is playing in the ATT as well as her significant contributions to regional and global security and stability.