Nigerian Navy Denies Senior Officer Who Exposed How Chad Soldiers Sold Arms Illegally

The Nigerian Navy has denied a declare made by one among its senior officers, Commodore Jamila Sadiq Abubakar, who accused Chadian troopers of promoting arms illegally.

Abubakar on Monday, stated arms donated to some African nations ended up in Nigeria, including that some Chadian military officers bought weapons within the black marketplace for as little as $20 once they had been broke.

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She disclosed this on the public listening to by the House of Representatives Committee on National Security and Intelligence in Abuja.

The listening to was organised by the committee to take the enter of the general public on 4 payments on nationwide safety.

Nigeria shares border with Niger and Chad on within the North, Cameroon within the East and Benin Republic within the West.

She famous that the majority of those nations don’t not have armoury to maintain the weapons donated to them.

“I was in charge as a member of the fight against Boko Haram and I can tell you categorically here, I stand to be corrected, that some of these countries that we have borders with have no armoury.

“They do not have armoury. So most of their arms that are being donated by — I don’t want to be specific — the developed countries in the name of assisting us are compounding our problems in Nigeria because you find 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 here, I am standing here, and I am saying it.”

But in a press release on Tuesday, the Navy spokesperson, Suleman Dahun, stated the view of the officer didn’t replicate the place of the Navy.

“The House of Representative Committee on National Security and Intelligence yesterday 27 September, 2021 held a public hearing on 4 Bills including the Bill for an Act to establish the National Commission against the proliferation of small arms and light weapons (HB 10). During the hearing on this bill, the representatives of the Nigerian Navy (NN) duly presented the position of the personal comments on the service on the proposed act but went ahead to make some unauthorised, personal comments on the issue of trans-national trafficking of small arms and light weapons.”

“This is as it relates to neighbours with which Nigeria maintains robust diplomatic security relationships/collaboration, a personal opinion that is at variance with the person 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 and neighbours in the fight against small arms and light weapon trafficking.”

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Nigerian Navy Denies Senior Officer Who Exposed How Chad Soldiers Sold Arms Illegally

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