The Address | Benghazi – Libya
Abdulrahman Dambazau, the Nigerian Minister of Interior, has blamed the easy movement of firearms and other criminal activities in West African on the instability in Libya.
Speaking at the 16th annual General Assembly of West African Police Chiefs Committee (WAPCCO), held in Abuja on Tuesday, the Nigerian minister said: “The proliferation of firearms is a big challenge in this sub-region, particularly because of the flow of firearms from unstable countries, like Libya. After Muammar Gaddafi, Libya went into conflict and it is still in conflict.”
“Some of the weapons used in Libya were trickling down through Mali, Niger, and others,” the minister added.
He urged police chiefs in West Africa to collaborate more in order to tackle transnational crimes within the sub-region, noting that a single country cannot successfully combat trans-border crimes.
“We are here because it is a regional issue. It is an issue that has to do either trans-border criminal activities, smuggling, and terrorism. A country or a security agency cannot deal with these crimes on its own. This is the reason we have come together as a sub-region to assess the situation and deal with it accordingly.”
The minister also said there is a need for collaboration and information sharing among security agencies in the sub-region.