Activities Of NATFORCE Illegal Declares Government 

Nigeria declares NATFORCE illegal, bans unauthorized security outfits -  Daily Post Nigeria

Hyacinth Chinweuba

The Federal Government has declared the National Taskforce on the Prohibition of Illegal Importation/Smuggling of Arms, Ammunition, Light Weapons, Chemical Weapons and Pipeline Vandalism as an illegal security outfit.

Government has also directed NATFORCE and other such groups to be disbanded forthwith.

The National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (Rtd.), gave the directive in a statement on Sunday.

Only on Monday, NATFORCE said it had received Israeli experts that

will train its management staff and operatives.

It said the Israelis, from “world-renowned international security trainer organisation, ETOS Company,” arrived at NATFORCE head office penultimate Thursday.

But the Head, Strategic Communication, Office of the National Security Adviser, ZM Usman, disclosed the NSA’s position on the group in a

statement titled, “Office of the National Security Adviser directs the dismantling of illegal security outfits.”

He said the NSA had directed the immediate dismantling of all illegal

security outfits and warned against the use of these outfits to

extort, harass and intimidate Nigerians.

The statement read in part, “In particular, the office has cautioned

individuals, organisations and foreign partners on the activities of

NATFORCE which was illegally formed as a task force to combat illegal importation and smuggling of small arms, ammunition and light weapons into Nigeria.

“The National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons

(NCCSALW) domiciled in the Office of the National Security Adviser is

the national coordination mechanism for the control and monitoring of the proliferation of small arms and light weapons in Nigeria.

“The Office of the National Security Adviser has observed with concern

the proliferation of illegal security outfits in the country.”

The NSA accused these illegal outfits of extorting, harassing and

intimidating Nigerians while masquerading as part of the Nigerian security architecture.

He added, “One of such groups is NATFORCE which seeks to combat

illegal importation of Arms, Ammunition, Light Weapons, Chemical Weapons and Pipeline Vandalism and has been involved in mounting illegal roadblocks, conducting illegal searches, seizures and recruitment.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the general public and all stakeholders

are to note that NATFORCE is an illegal outfit without any mandate or

authority to carry out these functions.

“This trend is unacceptable and the promoters of NATFORCE are warned to dismantle their structures and operations immediately.

“Following the establishment of the NCCSALW on May 3, 2021, the

country has initiated the process for the full implementation of

Article 24 of the ECOWAS Convention on small arms and light weapons.”

The NSA, therefore, urged national and international stakeholders to

work closely with the NCCSALW to stabilise government-civil society

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