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FEC ratifies UN convection on arm, hostage taking and terrorism

The Federal Executive Council, FEC, has ratified three United Nations Conventions on arms trading, hostage taking and terrorism.

Minister of Information, Labaran Maku made this known when he briefed Newsmen on the outcome of FEC meeting presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa.

He said the ratification is part of Nigeria’s commitments to global peace and security.

Mr. Maku said the treaty would regulate the transfer of conventional arms in order to control access by non-state actors.

According to the Minister, Nigeria, as coordinator of the African group, played major role in ensuring the inclusion of the concerns of Africa in the final document.

He said the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke also brought a memo to council for the ratification of the two other UN conventions.

The conventions are UN Convention against Taking of Hostages adopted in December 1979 and the International Convention for the Suppression of Terrorists Bombings, adopted in December 1997.

 

The Information Minister explained that the two conventions are aimed at containing the incidence of hostage taking and the heinous crime of bombings by terrorists, adding that they are crucial in stabilising security within the country and in the sub-region.

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