Kebbi fabricates weapons against banditry, criminalities
Kebbi State Government has fabricated armoured personnel carriers to sustain the fight against banditries and criminalities.
The deputy governor, Samaila Yombe Dabai, a retired Colonel, who stated this in a statement in Abuja, explained that the state would soon hand over the local armoury, which he participated actively in, to the military.
The statement, which was signed by the Special Adviser Media to Kebbi State Governor, Yahaya Sarki quoted the deputy governor as saying that the effort is aimed at providing appropriate transport to security services for combat operations.
The retired Colonel maintained that the vehicles have been reinforced with hardened steel and suitable for battle with provisions for a driver, a gunner and space for extra troops.
He explained that the action was approved and supported by Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu to provide safe transportation for combatants in warfare to help secure life and property.
He said: “Ending the war against banditry and criminality will be difficult to win if Nigeria is not able to fabricate the weaponry it needed to prosecute the war.
“Apart from the fact that weapons are by nature, very expensive, Nigeria does not have the resources to spend on such now with the rampaging COVID-19. If we are able to fabricate weapons by ourselves, such activities will provide jobs and save us the needed Forex.
“The effort is fully supported by the governor, who gave us all the necessary logistics to deliver the vehicles.”
The Deputy Governor described Kebbi State as a pacesetter in the country in such innovative technology, which served as both cost-effective measures and advancing Nigeria’s quest for technical know-how.
Toyota Land Cruiser Buffalo vehicles were remodelled into armoured personnel carriers with gun turrets through the engineering ingenuity of Colonel Yombe and his team.