The Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) of the Nigeria Police Force has reportedly arrested Adejare Adegbenro, the Director-General of the National Commission against the Proliferation of Arms, Light Weapons, and Pipeline Vandalism (NATCOM), for alleged fraudulent activities.

According to Sahara Reporters, Adegbenro was arrested and detained in Abuja on Friday night.

The arrest was said to be a sequel to a result of an extensive investigation into the alleged illegal fraudulent activities, impersonation of government officials, and involvement in gun-running.

Sources close to the investigation said that Adegbenro and his associates had allegedly been running a “sophisticated scam operation, preying on unsuspecting individuals by offering them fake employment opportunities within NATCOM.”

The NATCOM, which is said to have claimed to be the government agency responsible for controlling the proliferation of small arms and light weapons, has allegedly been selling bogus appointment letters and extorting money from victims.

It gathered that investigations also uncovered evidence suggesting Adegbenro’s alleged involvement in gun-running.

His arrest had shed light on the extent of NATCOM’s alleged criminal activities, which have been ongoing for several years.

Victims are said to have come forward with disturbing accounts of being deceived by NATCOM team, which promised them lucrative positions and job security within the organisation.

“Also, many have lost significant sums of money in the process, with some even quitting their existing jobs to join the fake agency,” another source said.

“As the investigation progresses, questions have continued to be raised about how Adegbenro managed to operate without facing any consequences,” another source said.

The National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (NCCSALW), which is said to be the only recognised government institution tasked with controlling the proliferation of illicit small arms and light weapons in Nigeria, said that it has repeatedly warned about the dangers posed by NATCOM.

The NCCSALW in a statement issued on Saturday said that it has been working to raise awareness about these fraudulent groups and their potential to undermine national security.

The organisation further urged the public to exercise caution and verify the legitimacy of any organisation claiming to be involved in arms control before engaging with them.

“The arrest of Adegbenro marks a significant step forward in the fight against illegal arms proliferation, gun-running, and the criminal activities of fraudulent outfits.

“As the investigation continues, more details are expected to emerge about the extent of NATCOM’s operations and the individuals involved in perpetrating these crimes.

“The public is encouraged to report any suspicious activities or organisations claiming to be involved in arms control to the relevant authorities. By working together, we can combat the menace of illegal arms proliferation and create a safer society for all,” the NCCSALW said.


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