The Senate, yesterday, directed the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to commence the withdrawal of about 2,000 untrained arms-bearing operatives under its employ which they deployed to states across the country.
It also mandated its committee on Drugs, Narcotics and Financial Crimes to open an investigation into the recruitment and deployment process of arm-carrying NDLEA personnel across the country.
The resolution of the Senate followed the adoption of a motion, 'Deployment of Recruits of NDLEA without Training' sponsored by Senator Heinekin Lokpobiri.
Senator Lokpobiri stated that the deployment of 2,000 untrained personnel was dangerous to the Nigerian society. He lambasted the NDLEA for deploying 2,000 personnel without training despite having a training school in Jos, Plateau State. "NDLEA recently recruited about 2,000 operatives and deployed them to the various states and area commands across the country without training. "An officer of the NDLEA allegedly shot dead one Joseph Chia in Taraku Town in Gwer Local Government Area of Benue State on 16 October, 2011."
(Culled from the leadership)
With other countries enforcing strict gun laws, exams, tests, and permits before issuing firearms, how did 2,000 untrained men and women get their hands on firearms?