Nigeria: Ecowas Asks Govt to Block Access to Chemical Weapons

Daily Trust Abuja Abbas Jimoh
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The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has alerted the Federal Government on need to prevent Boko Haram insurgents and Niger-Delta militants from accessing biological and chemical weapons for terrorism.

ECOWAS commissioner for political affairs, peace and security, Mrs. Halima Ahmed, spoke yesterday at the ECOWAS Secretariat Abuja during the opening of a workshop on ‘Assistance and Protection against Chemical Weapons.

The event was organised by the National Authority on Chemical and Biological Weapons Conventions (NAC/BWC) Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF) under the auspices of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Hague, Netherlands, the African Union (AU) and ECOWAS.

« ECOWAS is committed to ensuring that chemical and biological weapons threats are not allowed with the consequences of their usage in Syria and other parts of Middle East. On no account should Boko Haram insurgents and Niger Delta militants be allowed to have access to chemical and biological weapons in Nigeria or other terror groups in Africa, » Ahmed said.

Permanent secretary political and economic affairs and chairman of the NAC/BWC office, Ambassador Olukunle Bamgbose said the event seeks to evolve a national action plan to guide and regulate the use and threat to the use of chemical weapons in Nigeria among others.

Also, acting Director General, National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) Mrs. Yetunde Oni said terrorists use chemical for improvised explosives hence the need for tighter controls.

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