Militants’ carry more sophisticated arms than law enforcement agencies – IGP

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Mohammed Adamu, has said that “militants”, suspected to be involved in economic sabotage in the Southern part of the country, were better armed than security operatives.
This was as the IGP regretted the proliferation of small arms and light weapons, which he noted, were being used by terrorists and other criminal elements, to threaten internal security.
Adamu spoke Wednesday when participants of the Executive Intelligence Management Course (EIMC 13), undertook a visit to the Force Headquarters in Abuja.
The participants, who are undergoing a 10-month course, were drawn from the military, security, law enforcement, ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) of government.
“Looking at the challenges in terms of terrorism, proliferation of small arms and light weapons and drug trafficking, while we are in the land trying to secure our country there are people that specialize in the high sea on how to commit crime for economic benefit and we know the ramifications of those.
“The bulk of our international trade comes through the sea. It is on record that the crisis we have been having in the southern part of the country is increased by the amount of weapons that come into our country and into the hands of whether you call them militants or criminals.
“The calibre of weapons they are carrying, none of us in the law enforcement agencies are carrying them. And when it comes to oil theft, it is the same kind of weapons they use to steal crude and other products and then go away with it.
“And then get themselves ready for anybody that would come across them. Just like the commandant has said for us to be able to secure our waters the southern part of this country around the gulf really we must cooperate,” the IGP was quoted as saying.

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