By Franca Joseph (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Former military Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar , on Wednesday, disclosed that an estimated six million illicit weapons were circulating in Nigeria, which he said were largely responsible for the worsening insecurity in the country.
Abubakar, who is the Chairman of the National Peace Committee, NPC, made this known during a parley between the NPC and the Nigerian Guild of Editors, convened to cross-fertilize ideas on solutions to insecurity in Nigeria.
“The proliferation of calibre of weapons not only in our sub-region, but in general, and in Nigeria in particular, is worrying,” he said.
“It is estimated that over six million of such weapons are in circulation in our country. This certainly aggravated the insecurity and led to over 80,000 deaths and also we have close to three million internally displaced persons.”