The Nigerian Navy has disowned a statement made by Commodore Jamila Abubakar Malafa indicting Chadian soldiers.
Malafa, an international maritime lawyer and Navy’s foremost female Commodore, spoke on Monday at a public hearing by the House of Representatives.
The case was organized by the commission on national security and intelligence for deliberations on 4 security bills.
They include the Bill for an Deed to Found the National Commission Against Proliferation of Little Arms and Visible radiation Weapons (HB 10).
Representing Main of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo revealed how weapons donated by developed countries to Nigeria’s neighbours move into the country illegally.
The Commodore famous that the state of affairs was worsening the security in Africa’s biggest country because non-state armed actions were taking possession of sophisticated arms.
On Tuesday, Navy Manager of Information, Commodore Suleiman Dahun dissociated the armed services arm from the claim of the senior officer.
A statement by the spokesman said it was her “personal comments on the issue of transnational trafficking of little arms and visible radiation weapons.”
Dahun indicated that after presenting the place of the Navy on the Deed, Malafa made “unauthorized” remarks.
“This is as it relates to neighbours with which Nigeria maintains robust diplomatic security relationships/collaborations; a personal view that is at variance with the place of the NN.
“The NN wishes to categorically dissociate itself from the view of the senior officer. The NN appreciates the indelible contributions of our regional partners/neighbours in the scrap against little arms and visible radiation weapons trafficking.”
Dahun added that effective and sustained regional cooperation towards ensuring maritime security in the Gulf of Republic of Guinea is the key precedence of the Navy.
Malafa told the gathering that when broke, Chadian soldiers sold their guns.
“They do not have armoury. Most of the arms beingness donated by – I don’t want to be specific – developed countries in the proper name of assisting us are compounding our problems in Nigeria.
“You regain out that each average Chadian soldier has 20 to 30 arms underneath his bed. When he is broke, he brings it out and sells it for $30, $20. I am hither, I am standing hither and I am saying it.
“Subdivision 9 (1) suggests an additional function of proposing that seized weapons and arms be used by security agencies. I think we can appear at the provisions of the international conference on the issue of how the arms should be used when seized.
“I was in charge as a fellow member of the scrap against Boko Haram and I can tell you categorically hither, I stand up to be corrected, that some of these countries that we have borders with have no armoury.
“Since we are going to collaborate with ECOWAS and other countries donating such arms to these countries, we should insist that they either enact laws to rule the handling of arms and ammunition or build an armoury for these countries, else we will not view peace”, Malafa warned.
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