No fewer than 346 guns used by suspected criminals have been surrendered to government under the Katsina State Amnesty Programme, member of Presidential Committee on Small and Light Weapons, Air Commodore Joseph Adeleke, has disclosed.
Addressing newsmen shortly before the documentation of the arms and ammunitions held at Natsinta Barrack of the Nigerian Army, Katsina, Adeleke said the project is part of the process to hold some nations accountable under the United Nations International Tracing Instrument for their weapons found in Nigeria.
He was optimistic that such nations would contribute to the process of helping the people who surrendered the weapons to acquire alternative livelihood.
Adeleke, who is a representative of Defence headquarters in the presidential committee, further explained that the process could start yielding dividends in the next two or three months.
He expressed gratitude to Katsina State Government for initiating the amnesty programme for repentant gunmen and assured that all those who had submitted their weapons would be provided with vocational skills and training to shun their former way of life.
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