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FG Declares NATFORCE Illegal, Orders Disbandment Weeks After Absolving Outfit Into New Agency Called NATCOM


September 15, (THEWILL) – The National Security Council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, has ordered the disbandment of the National Taskforce on Prohibition of Illegal, Importation/Smuggling of Arms, Ammunition, Light Weapons, Chemical Weapons, and Pipeline Vandalism (NATFORCE).

The task force was declared illegal at a meeting of the Council on Thursday in Thursday.

THEWILL recalls that the Senate had in July passed a bill establishing the National Commission for the Coordination and Control of the Proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons (NATCOM) and absorbed NATFORCE into the new Commission.


The inclusion of NATFORCE in the National Commission came more than a year after the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (retd.), declared the security outfit illegal and ordered a halt of all its operations nationwide.

Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, who briefed alongside his Police Affairs counterpart, Mohammed Dingyadi, said the council ordered disbandment of the defunct NATFORCE because it has been absorbed into the new National Commission

He advised the Taskforce to disband itself with immediate effect or risk being disbanded forcefully by security agencies.

Aregbesola also said investigation into Kuje correctional facility attack by gunmen still work in progress.

He said the council received reports from all service chiefs and inspector Genefal of Police, said the council chaired by presidnwg Mihammadu Buhari is “very satisfied” with the performance of all security agencies and that the country is moving to the phase of consolidated

The Minister said the council also commended the police for their performance during the Anambra, Ekiti and Osun governorship elections.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Police Affairs, Dingiyadi has assured that there are other negotiators involved in the negotiations with kidnappers of Abuja -Kaduna train abduction, insisting that Tukur Mamu’s arrest will not stop negotiations.


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