Be vigilant on illicit arms trade – Dery to Small Arms Commission

The Interior Minister Mr Ambrose Dery has charged the newly-inaugurated board of the National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons to raise awareness among the populace especially border communities and be vigilant in gathering information on illicit arms trade, manufacture, and smuggling.

The Interior Minister Mr Ambrose Dery has charged the newly-inaugurated board of the National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons to raise awareness among the populace especially border communities and be vigilant in gathering information on illicit arms trade, manufacture, and smuggling.

This, according to him, will enable the law enforcement agencies to act swiftly.

He said this when he was inaugurating the governing board of the National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons in Accra.

“You need to raise awareness among the populace especially border communities and be vigilant in gathering information on illicit arms trade, manufacture, and smuggling to enable the law enforcement agencies to act swiftly,” Mr Dery who sialo Member of Parliament for Nandom said.

Recently, Deputy Director, Head of Programmes at National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons, Johnson Asante Twum, revealed that 75 per cent of the weapons used in committing crimes lately, are all imported.

He said this while contributing to a discussion on the increasing rate of robbery cases in parts of the country especially the capital city.

“The Police records show that 80 per cent of all of weapons used in the commission of crimes were locally made.

“[But] today, the story is different,” he said.

“We have over 75 per cent  between 2017 and 2019, on the average, of all weapons used in the commission of crime being foreign made weapons and we are looking at 24plus per cent being locally made,” Mr Asante Twum said on September 27.

|3news.com|Ghana

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