Civil society groups task FG on disarmament to end killings
• Troops destroy IEDs factory, capture terrorists in Sambisa, Lake Chad
• Group spends N1.5 billion on IDPs schools in Northeast
A coalition of civil society groups yesterday charged the Federal Government to immediately launch a national disarmament programme to mop up illegal arms in circulation, particularly among the Fulani herdsmen.
The group also seeks the arrest and prosecution of all those responsible for killings across the country and urgent reorganisation of the security apparatuses to reflect federal character, among other demands.
The coalition, which comprises Journalists for Democratic Rights (JODER), Civil Society Coalition for Mandate Protection (CSC-MAP), Southwest Progressive Youth and Peoples’ Movement (SPYPM) and the Southwest Students Movement (SSM) lamented that the country was currently full of killings by civilians against themselves.
Addressing a press conference in Lagos, the Deputy director of CSC-MAP, Taiwo Adeleye, stated that there should be a commission similar to the one used for amnesty programme for holders of illicit weapons to willingly submit them to the authorities.
In a related development, troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have destroyed Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) factory and captured several Boko Haram terrorists in Lake Chad region and Sambisa Forest in Borno State.
Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Onyeama Nwachukwu, disclosed this yesterday in a statement issued in Maiduguri.He said the troops, under Operation DEEP PUNCH II, supported by the Nigeria Air Force (NAF), pursed the Boko Haram terrorists into the forest and destroyed their hideouts.
Meanwhile, the Victims Support Funds (VSF) has said it spent over N1.5 billion to rebuild destroyed schools, provide learning materials and furniture for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPS) in the Northeast.
Its Executive Director, Professor Sunday Ochoche, disclosed this yesterday in Yola, Adamawa State during the commissioning of 12 waterproof tent classrooms in the Education Must Continue (EMC) IDPs school at Sangere in Gerei Local Council.
He stated that the mandate from the Chairman of VSF, Lt. General Theophilus Danjuma (rtd.), was to restore the lost hope of victims of terrorism by providing them with the necessary things that could revive their hope in life.
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