The House of Representatives on Thursday set up an ad-hoc committee to investigate the quality and quantity of arms and ammunition purchased for security agencies in the country in the last 10 years.
The House mandated the committee “to review the purchase, use and control of arms, ammunition and related hardware by military, paramilitary and other law enforcement agencies”.
The Chairman of the Committee, Rep. Olaide Akinremi in his opening remark, claimed that “Nigeria spent an estimated sum of $47.387 million in arms importation by 2019.
“The Committee shall proceed to investigate the quality and quantity of arms and ammunition purchased in the last ten years by a clear inquest into the relevant tools and equipment, as well as ammunition as to whether evidence exist or not”.
The House had on December 8, 2020, through a motion, resolved to mandate the Committee to carry out the findings.
According to him, “the motion is pursuant to the National Assembly power of oversight in line with the provisions of section 4, 58, 59, 88 and 100 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria , 1999, as amended”.
Speaking further, he said “the inaugural meeting is primarily set to create an awareness of the originating definition of the substantive fundamental principal of the hearing. Therefore the Committee has commenced it legislative process of evidence gathering towards accomplishing this legislative assignment. It is to through evidence gathered that the Committee would be able to deliver on this all important national assignment that will guarantee security, economic growth and national development”.