The Minister of Interior, retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, is currently meeting heads of internal security agencies in a closed-door meeting in Abuja.
The meeting is targeted at providing solutions to the security challenges currently been experienced in the country according to reports by the News Agency of Nigeria.
Speaking before the meeting, Dambazau said the meeting was a follow-up to a meeting with state governors two weeks ago over the violent conflicts between farmers and herdsmen in Benue and other places.
“One of the issues that came up in the communiqué was the issue of the proliferation of small arms and drug trafficking and abuse.
“We also found out that these two issues are triggers to the violence taking place in this country,“he said.
“Without the fire arms and drugs, those who partake in violence would not have the courage to carry out the kind of violence taking place in this country,“ he said.
The minister, quoting the UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament, stated there were approximately 500 million assorted fire arms in West Africa and out of this figure, 350 million (representing 70 per cent) are in Nigeria.
He therefore submitted that this represented an urgent need for solution to the arms proliferation in the country.