Call for tightening of border security

Officials of the National Task Force (NTF) against illegal importation of firearms and ammunition, and the Importers Association of Nigeria (IAN), Anambra State branch, on Wednesday said they intercepted a truck loaded with dangerous arms and ammunition in Onitsha.

According to the IAN Chairman, Emma Nwosu, the weapons had been handed over to the police. He said the association was re-strategising to fight illegal importation of arms and ammunition into the South Eastern states, especially Onitsha.

Nwosu said the goal of the association was to restore the image of genuine importers, as the importation of contraband goods and arms and ammunition was denting the image of legitimate businessmen.

The chairman lamented the spate of insecurity at the country’s border. He urged the government to strengthen the importers’ associations and the task force against illegal importation, to tackle the menace through intelligence gathering and proper surveillance on the movement of goods into the country.

The group Head of Operations, Alex Igwemma, said the increased insecurity in parts of the country was as result of porous borders. He therefore called for the participation of stakeholders in curbing the menace.

Igwemma noted that the group was liaising with relevant security agencies to facilitate the arrest of  illegitimate importers of arms and ammunition. He pleaded with the public to render useful information to relevant security operatives.

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