Bandits have resorted to using camels to smuggle weapons into the country, Zamfara state governor Bello Muhammad Matawalle has said.
He made the claim before Nigerien prime minister Brigi Refini during talks meant to help stem the tide of crossborder criminal activities in the region.
Zamfara shares an extensive length of border with Niger Republic.
“We are aware that due to the pressure on those who smuggle weapons into Nigeria on vehicles, they have now resorted to the use of camels,” Matawalle said.
“I have decided to assist with five vans for surveillance in addition to drones we have already given to the border security of Niger.”
He also extended the request of the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu to the Prime Minister in the area of blocking the transit of weapons into the country.