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LiNCF Official Urges Liberians To Turnover Firearms
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LiNCF Official Urges Liberians To Turnover Firearms

By Wellington G. Patrick, LINA Sanniquellie, Nimba County Correspondent

SANNIQUELLIE, June 2 (LINA) - The Communications and Outreach Officer at the Liberia National Commission on Firearms (LiNCF), Jerry Mwagbe, has called on Liberians to turn over to government all automatic weapons and small arms discovered in their communities.

He observed that though after the Liberian civil crisis in 2005 the United Nations disarmament process took place across the country, records show that some guns might still be hidden in communities.

Speaking to the Liberia News Agency via mobile phone in Sanniquellie Wednesday, Mwagbe indicated that ECOWAS research has proven that civil crises in the sub-region have been perpetrated successfully through the use of small arms and light weapons.

“The unique step in the arms free community program is that citizens reporting arms are never hampered by state security, but the commission works with them to ensure that the community benefits from small projects for reporting such equipment,” he noted.

He indicated that as such, the regional body (ECOWAS) is working with governments to control the movement of small arms and light weapons in West
Africa.

Under this program, the ECOWAS Commission is registering government- controlled weapons, guns used by state security, and light weapons such as
single barrel guns used by hunters in the communities, Mwagbe stated.
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