Find Gun Policy Facts

Armed violence prevention, gun control laws and the small arms trade:

Gun Policy News

Firearm violence, gun control and small arms

El Salvador,South Africa,Nigeria,India,United States,Venezuela,Mexico,Colombia,Brazil

7 September 2016

Foreign Affairs (USA)

The world has never been safer than it is right now. Most forms of violence have dropped precipitously over the past few centuries. Although conflict deaths recently spiked (the war in Syria accounts for one third of all war-related killings today), fewer people are dying from warfare than at virtually any time in human history. Terrorist violence also increased over the past two years—especially in six countries the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia—but it still... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Foreign Affairs (USA)

39813

Nigeria

11 August 2016

Daily Trust (Abuja), Editorial

At the National Consultation on Physical Security and Stockpile Management (PSSM) in Abuja, organized by the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC) and the Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapons (PRESCOM), it was revealed that Nigeria hosts 350 million or 70 per cent of the 500 million illegal arms in West Africa. UNREC's director, Ms Olatokunbo Ige, provided the statistics during the consultation in Abuja and said... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Trust (Abuja)

39696

Nigeria

3 August 2016

Vanguard (Lagos)

ABUJA — The United Nations has raised alarm over proliferation of illicit small arms and light weapons (SALW) in Nigeria, with over 350 million. According to the organisation, 70 per cent of estimated 500 million of such weapons said to be circulating in West Africa is domiciled in the country. Director of United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa, UNREC, Ms. Olatokunbo Ige, gave this startling statistics at the ongoing National... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vanguard (Lagos)

39637

Nigeria

29 June 2016

Nation (Nigeria)

The National Task Force on Illegal Importation of Small Arms, Ammunition and Light Weapons has urged the Federal Government to curb the proliferation of arms. This followed attacks in Ogun State and other parts of the country by suspected militants. It said the first step towards tackling insecurity was to enforce an effective mopping up of illegally imported arms, ammunition and light weapons. The Southwest Coordinator of the organisation, Col. Anthony Awote (rtd),... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Nation (Nigeria)

39523

Nigeria,Niger

6 June 2016

Today (Nigeria)

The rising cases of armed struggles, including militancy championed by the Niger Delta Avengers, have been blamed on the poor implementation of the Presidential Amnesty Programme and proliferation of Small Arms and Lights Weapons in the country. This was disclosed in Abuja at the weekend by the Chairman of the Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapons, Ambassador Emmanuel Imohe, during the Inter-Ministerial Roundtable on the ATT in Nigeria organised in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Today (Nigeria)

39405

Nigeria

18 May 2016

Courrier International (France)

[Translated summary: According to a study by the Small Arms Survey made in 2009, Nigeria has between 1 and 3 million illegal small arms and light weapons.] Acculés par Boko Haram et la désertification dans le nord du pays, les pasteurs peuls musulmans se déplacent vers le Sud, peuplé d'ethnies minoritaires d'agriculteurs souvent chrétiennes. Cette nouvelle configuration réveille et attise le séculaire conflit pastoral. Une bombe à retardement. Depuis six ans,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Courrier International (France)

39378

Nigeria

18 May 2016

Leadership (Abuja)

Concerned about the increasing proliferation of prohibited firearms that threaten security in parts of the country, and as part of initiatives aimed at ensuring adequate protection of lives and property of the citizens, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase, has urged persons in possession of non-prohibited firearms to immediately obtain or renew their licences before July, 2016 by following the process on the requisite web link of the Nigeria Police... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Leadership (Abuja)

39303

Nigeria

17 May 2016

Daily Trust (Abuja)

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Solomon Arase has warned individuals in possession of prohibited firearms to surrender them or risk arrest and prosecution. The police also asked those with non prohibited firearms to renew their license, a statement Tuesday by police spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Olabisi Kolawole, said. She said the IGP is concerned about the increasing proliferation and use of prohibited firearms that threatens security in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Trust (Abuja)

39279

Mali,Burkina Faso,West Africa,Nigeria,Niger

2 May 2016

Daily Trust (Nigeria)

The ECOWAS Commission, European Union (EU) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are jointly working on a strategy to check the prevalence of small arms and light weapons [SALW] in the hands of non-state actors and its implication for peace and security in the region. At the third steering committee meeting of the ECOWAS-EU small arms project held recently, the ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security (PAPS), represented by the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Trust (Nigeria)

39211

Nigeria,North Africa

20 April 2016

This Day (Lagos)

MINNA — The Niger State Police Command has waged a fresh war against Fulani herdsmen in a bid to check kidnapping and cattle rustling. The police have therefore outlawed the carrying of arms and ammunition by the herdsmen under any guise. The decision of the police to ban the carrying of arms by the herdsmen followed an increase in the number of firearms recovered from the pastoralists in the last six months. The state police spokesman, Bala Elikana, told... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: This Day (Lagos)

39150

Nigeria

6 April 2016

This Day (Lagos)

ABUJA -- The Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, has said the Force will henceforth carry out snap urine tests on all policemen for signs of drug abuse before they are issued lethal weapons. He said this may also be done at their operational points. Arase stated that apart from retrieving their weapons, culprits would be provided appropriate help to wean them from drugs or other emotional or psychological issues that may trigger fatal outcomes in their line of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: This Day (Lagos)

39053

Nigeria

12 March 2016

Daily Trust (Abuja)

In the last 10 years, the number of deaths as a result of violence in different parts of Nigeria has been spiking steadily. The fifth report of the Nigeria Watch Project released early this year indicates that between June 2006 and December 2015, a total of 94,470 deaths were recorded from fatal violence across the country. The country attained the climax in terms of number of deaths recorded from violence in the last 10 years in 2014 and 2015, accounting for 24 per... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Trust (Abuja)

38959

Nigeria

21 May 2014

This Day (Lagos)

The Lagos State Police Command yesterday arrested and paraded a former leader of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, Alhaji Mukaila Lamidi, for stockpiling arms and ammunition. Also, the state Commissioner of Police, Umar Manko, paraded other 10 suspects who specialised in using military uniforms to assault and brutalise innocent citizens, as well as other forms of atrocities. It was gathered that Lamidi was arrested... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: This Day (Lagos)

38686

Nigeria,Cameroon

14 April 2014

Voice of America

YAOUNDE — Cameroon's government says it has seized huge consignments of arms and ammunition destined for Nigerian militant group Boko Haram. Residents in the area of the alleged seizure, however, say they are unaware of any such activity. "The governor of the Far North Region has congratulated the forces of law and order and administrative authorities of Logone and Chari Division for impounding a huge quantity of arms and ammunition which was being smuggled for... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Voice of America

38569

Chad,Niger,Nigeria,Cameroon

9 April 2014

Deutsche Welle

The announcement of the discovery in Cameroon of a large cache of arms and ammunition intended for Boko Haram insurgents in Nigeria is regarded in some quarters as government propaganda. There was alarm in northern Cameroon when it was announced in early April that two Italian priests and a nun had been kidnapped by suspected members of the Islamist sect Boko Haram, which is waging an insurgency in neighboring Nigeria. The whereabouts of the three are still unknown.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Deutsche Welle

38543

Nigeria

5 April 2014

Premium Times (Nigeria)

The Anambra State Police Command on Saturday paraded 19 suspected kidnappers. The command also displayed arms and three bags of cannabis recovered from the hoodlums. The arms include five AK-47 rifles; a barrater pistol, six pump action guns, 9,000 live cartridges; eight AK-47 magazines and a locally made pistol. The Commissioner of Police in the state, Usman Gwary, paraded the suspects at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad Office in Awkuzu, near Onitsha in Anambra. Mr.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Premium Times (Nigeria)

38538

Cameroon,Nigeria

1 April 2014

Premium Times (Nigeria)

The Cameroonian security forces have succeeded in capturing two suspected arms suppliers to terrorists in Nigeria, an official has said. According to a statement by the Director of Defence Information, Chris Olukolade, over 288 rifles, 35 Rocket Propelled Guns and 35 improvised Explosive Devices, IEDs, were recovered from the suspects by the Cameroonian forces. Mr. Olukolade said the recovery was made after a fierce encounter at Abugasse, Cameroon, close to the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Premium Times (Nigeria)

38520

Somalia,Chad,Egypt,Libya,Turkey,Qatar,Mali,Syria,Russia,North Africa,Africa,Nigeria,Niger

22 March 2014

St Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri)

TRIPOLI — At the heart of the Libyan capital, the open-air Fish Market was once a place where residents went to buy everything from meat and seafood to clothes and pets. Now it's Tripoli's biggest arms market, with tables displaying pistols and assault rifles. Ask a vendor, and he can pull out bigger machine guns to sell for thousands of dollars. Libya, where hundreds of militias hold sway and the central government is virtually powerless, is awash in millions of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: St Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri)

38494

Nigeria,Turkey

20 March 2014

Daily Trust (Abuja)

Turkish Airlines has denied reports that it has been bringing arms into Nigeria which might have found its way to the Northeast, where Boko Haram militants have caused violence. "Turkish Airlines has not been involved in any carriage of arms to that country (Nigeria) from Turkey nor from any country," the airline said in a statement yesterday. The reports stem from a leaked tape, where Mehmet Karatas, an assistant executive of the airline, allegedly tells Mustafa... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Trust (Abuja)

38485

Cameroon,Congo (DRC),Nigeria,Sudan,Central African Republic,West Africa,Libya

21 February 2014

IRIN (UN News)

YAOUNDE — Recent arms seizures and arrests of traffickers in Cameroon's Far North Region have highlighted the escalating insecurity caused by Boko Haram in neighbouring Nigeria and the impact of the unrest in the Central African Republic (CAR) and Sudan. In January, Cameroon's security forces arrested a man attempting to transport 655 guns to Nigeria. In September 2013, 5,400 AK-47 rifles were seized on a pick-up truck in Maroua, the capital of Far North Region,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: IRIN (UN News)

38395

Nigeria,Sierra Leone

10 February 2014

Concord Times (Freetown)

Two Nigerians - Paul Ekechukwu and Prince Duru - were last Friday remanded at the maximum security prison at Pademba Road for allegedly being in possession of firearms without license. The accused are being tried at the Freetown Magistrates' Court No. 2, presided over by Magistrate Komba Kamanda, on two counts of unlawful possession of small arms without license, contrary to section 19(2) of the Arms and Ammunition Act No.14 of 1955, as repealed and replaced by section... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Concord Times (Freetown)

38353

Nigeria

8 February 2014

Leadership (Abuja)

In his renewed move to curb the proliferation of arms and thuggery, the inspector-general of police (IGP), Mr Mohammed Abubakar, has banned the issuance of new firearms licences to individuals. This was disclosed to journalists in Lagos yesterday by force police public relations officer Frank Mba, at the pull-out ceremony of some top police officers at the Police College, Ikeja, Lagos, yesterday. Mba said that arms proliferation and thuggery were among security... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Leadership (Abuja)

38349

Nigeria

18 December 2013

Premium Times (Nigeria)

A senior lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago-Iwoye, Dr. Olusegun Onabanjo, was on Wednesday shot dead by gunmen who stormed his private residence. PREMIUM TIMES gathered that the killers stormed the residence located in Odomolasa area of Ilese-Ijebu at about 1.00 a.m. and attempted to force their way into the apartment. As at the time the assailants were making frantic efforts to break in, residents of the area said Mr.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Premium Times (Nigeria)

38200

Nigeria

13 December 2013

This Day (Lagos)

A report has revealed that all parts of Nigeria are ravaged with armed violence, which has been detrimental to the socio-economic well-being of the country, with 80 per cent of weapons in private hands having been acquired illegally. The report, titled: 'The Violent Road', which was presented to the media in Abuja yesterday, was conducted by the National Working Group on Armed Violence (NWGAV) in conjunction with the United Kingdom based Non Governmental Organisation... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: This Day (Lagos)

38183

Nigeria

7 December 2013

Vanguard (Lagos)

Police authorities in Imo State are investigating a Roman Catholic priest (names withheld) for unlawful possession of firearms. The priest, said to be in-charge of one of the prominent Parishes in Dikenafai, Ideato South Local Government area, Imo State, was arrested for allegedly being in possession of three unlicensed guns with which he threatened the lives of his parishioners. Crime Guard reliably gathered that the guns which include one pump action riffle, one... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vanguard (Lagos)

38155

Nigeria

24 November 2013

Daily Trust (Abuja)

ABUJA — At a workshop organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Abuja last week, 30 legal experts from the Ministries of Justice, Defence and Foreign Affairs and the National Assembly, received advice and tools for drafting a bill on the requirements of the Arms Trade Treaty and the Nigerian domestic law. The treaty requires parties to prevent the illicit trade in conventional arms, comprising small arms and light weapons, tanks, missiles,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Trust (Abuja)

38111

South Sudan,Somalia,Burundi,Liberia,Ghana,United States,Europe,Zimbabwe,Uganda,Tanzania,Sudan,Nigeria,Namibia,Kenya,Ethiopia,Africa

5 November 2013

IPI Global Observatory

Africa is ground zero in the international debate on controlling the small arms and light weapons trade. For more than a decade, diplomatic activity to contain arms and ammunition transfers has been animated by a concern with instability and contagion generated by the continent's many wars. Leading think tanks, research groups, and advocacy organizations have repeatedly drawn attention to the way the burden of armed violence in Africa is a product of low-tech assault... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: IPI Global Observatory

38049

West Africa,Nigeria

29 October 2013

This Day (Lagos)

The President sets up a committee aimed at stemming the influx of illicit weapons which could undermine the security of the nation. A few weeks ago, President Goodluck Jonathan approved the establishment of a committee to stem the spread of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) most often used in creating insecurity and instability in Nigeria and other developing nations. Headed by Ambassador Emmanuel Imohe, other members of the committee include Ambassadors Martin I.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: This Day (Lagos)

38026

Russia,Nigeria

8 October 2013

Leadership (Abuja)

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Tuesday heard that the alleged arms trafficking charge against the 15 Russian sailors had been dropped. The Russians, charged with unlawful importation of arms into Nigeria are: Zhelyazkov Andrey, Savchenko Sergel, Lopatin Alexey and Baranovskly Nikolay, Llia Shubov, Dimitry Bannyrh, Alexander Tsarikov and Kononov Sergel. Others are Chichkanov Vasily, Varlygin Igor, Komilov Alexander, Mishin Pavel, Korotchenko Andrey, Vorobev... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Leadership (Abuja)

37949

Nigeria,United States

18 September 2013

This Day (Lagos)

A cache of arms and ammunition which were allegedly concealed and smuggled into the country through the Ports and Terminal Multi-Services Limited (PTML), Tincan Island, Apapa, Lagos, have been impounded by examination officers of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS). The examination officers, who were said not to have relied on the declaration of the contents of the container to be just two vehicles and other household items, have also arrested the agent simply... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: This Day (Lagos)

37885

Nigeria

13 August 2013

Premium Times (Nigeria)

Nigeria has become the first Africa country to sign and ratify the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Olugbenga Ashiru, has disclosed. "Nigeria becomes the first African country to sign and ratify the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). "This landmark event represents our deep commitment to a treaty which establishes common international standards for the import, export and transfer of conventional arms. "We remain resolute and unyielding in our efforts... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Premium Times (Nigeria)

37758

Nigeria

24 July 2013

Daily Trust (Abuja)

The police arrested 40 suspects and recovered 22 assorted guns across the country in the second week of July, the Police Crime Report said in Abuja yesterday. The report stated that the arrests and recoveries were made in Lagos, FCT, Kaduna, Osun, Cross River, Ogun, Taraba, Rivers, Kogi, Anambra, Kano, Ekiti, Edo and Enugu. It stated that the suspects were arrested in connection with armed robbery, kidnapping, and car snatching. It said that the recovered guns,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Trust (Abuja)

37691

Nigeria

9 July 2013

Daily Trust (Abuja)

Zamfara State government has insisted that it will follow all legal means to acquire arms for its vigilante groups for enhancing security in the state. This came a day after the Police headquarters in Abuja said it will not permit any vigilante group to bear firearms. Speaking to the BBC Hausa Service, the Zamnfara State Information Commissioner, Alhaji Ibrahim Birnin Magaji, said the number of policemen in the state are not enough to protect the lives and properties... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Trust (Abuja)

37647

Nigeria

5 July 2013

Sun News (Lagos)

Plateau State Police Command has arrested two policemen and 15 other persons suspected to be members of firearms production syndicates. The policemen, whose names were given as Corporal Joseph and Constable Mafwai were alleged to be suppliers of ammunition to criminals. They have been dismissed by the police and would face prosecution alongside the other members of the gang who were arrested at Barkin Ladi. Parading the suspects before newsmen, Plateau State... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sun News (Lagos)

37637

Nigeria,China,England & Wales

2 July 2013

York Press

A judge has ordered the destruction of nearly 13,000 AK47 rifles associated with jailed York arms dealer Gary Hyde – after turning down a request for them to be deactivated for use in films. Former special constable Hyde, 42, was jailed for seven years last December for overseeing an £800,000 consignment of rifles, 9mm pistols, rifles and bullets, from China to Nigeria in 2007. The businessman, from Newton-on-Derwent, east of York, "put two fingers up" to strict... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: York Press

37622

Nigeria

10 June 2013

Daily Trust (Abuja)

An Abuja Magistrates Court on Friday remanded in Kuje prison a member of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Friday Sani (alias Makama), for allegedly being in unlawful possession of fire arm, ammunition and police walkie talkie. Sani, who was arraigned alongside one Job David, both pleaded not guilty to allegations of criminal conspiracy and abatement proffered against them by the police. Chief Magistrate Usman Shuaibu adjourned till tomorrow to hear their application... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Trust (Abuja)

37567

Nigeria

6 June 2013

WorldStage Newsonline (Nigeria)

The President, National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) Mr. Eugene Nweke has said that Sixty five per cent of arms and ammunitions imported into Nigeria enter through the waterways, the President, National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) Mr. Eugene Nweke has said. Addressing members of the National Taskforce on Small Arms, Ammunitions and Light - Weapons who paid a courtesy visit to NAGAFF village in Lagos,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: WorldStage Newsonline (Nigeria)

37533

Nigeria

30 May 2013

Daily Trust (Abuja)

KANO — The Joint Task Force has made the largest weapons discovery yet in Kano during a raid on a house occupied by a foreigner in Bompai area of the city, Daily Trust learnt from security sources yesterday. The raid has taken two days and was still going on yesterday because of what sources said was the huge volume of the weapons, which were found in a specially-built bunker in the house. On Monday night, troops laid siege on the area, cordoning off a street... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Trust (Abuja)

37507

Germany,Nigeria,China,United States,United Kingdom

17 May 2013

Democrat and Chronicle (USA)

British arms dealer Gary Hyde has admitted helping smuggle illegal AK-47 magazines into the United States for sale by a Chili-based firearms wholesaler, federal court records show. Hyde signed a plea agreement in late April but it was not filed until this week, records show. Hyde admitted that he had helped alter the markings on the 5,760 magazines so their country of origin — China — would not be known. In the U.S., there is a federal ban on the importation of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Democrat and Chronicle (USA)

37464

Nigeria,Iran

14 May 2013

This Day (Lagos)

Justice Okechukwu Okeke of the Federal High Court in Lagos monday sentenced an Iranian national, Azim Aghajani, and his Nigerian counterpart, Ali Jega, to 17 years imprisonment each for their involvement in the importation of firearms into Nigeria. Justice Okeke while delivering his judgment, held that he was not in doubt that the 13 containers loaded with arms were imported into the country, contrary to the claim by the accused persons that the containers contained... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: This Day (Lagos)

37445

Nigeria,West Africa

9 May 2013

Daily Newswatch (Nigeria)

Against the backdrop of mounting security challenges in Nigeria arising from the Boko Haram insurgency and ethno-religious crisis in the north as well as armed robbery and kidnapping in the south, it has been estimated that there are about one million illegally held guns in the country in civilian hands. The market price for most popular of them all, the AK-47 pattern of assault weapon, goes for $180 (about N27,000). While the total number of guns in the hands of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Newswatch (Nigeria)

37428

Nigeria

13 April 2013

Daily Trust (Abuja)

ASABA — Police detectives from Anambra and Delta States have uncovered arms factories in three communities in Delta State. This is just as residents of Alizomor in Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State fled the community after the corpse of ex-Anambra deputy governor Dr. Nwike Chidi was found in the area. Police spokesman ASP Lucky Uyabeme said the discovery came when detectives stormed the community. He, however, said no arrest has been made. The body of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Trust (Abuja)

37323

Nigeria

20 March 2013

Daily Times (Nigeria)

An Onitsha-based activist, Mr Emeka Umeagbalasi, has urged the Federal Government to commence arms and ammunition buy-back in the country. Umeagbalasi, Chairman, International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law, made the call in Onitsha, Anambra State, on Tuesday. He said that the Federal Government should come out with a policy to exchange these small arms surrendered by anyone with money. Umeagbalasi was reacting to the alleged proliferation of small... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Times (Nigeria)

37205

Nigeria

17 March 2013

Vanguard (Lagos)

ENUGU — The 39,880 assorted firearms and ammunition recovered from former militants in the Niger Delta by the inter-agency taskforce set up by the Federal Government have been handed over to the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army. A breakdown of the arms handed over on Saturday at the 82 Division's parade ground included the following: 482 automatic arms, 20,132 ammunition, 295 magazines and 18,971 locally made guns. The General Officer Commanding the 82 Division... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vanguard (Lagos)

37198

Nigeria

15 March 2013

Vanguard (Lagos)

WARRI — Police have arrested a community leader, who allegedly armed youths from Orugbene community in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State with weapons, including guns and cutlasses, to attack villagers in Asenkiri, a neighbouring community, and forcefully seized their motor-saws and other equipment, penultimate week. The alleged arms supplier was nabbed following investigations by security agencies into the incident. An Oborotu community leader, Chief Evans... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vanguard (Lagos)

37188

Russia,Nigeria,Madagascar,Guinea

19 February 2013

BBC News

Fifteen Russian sailors have been charged in a court in Nigeria's main city, Lagos, with illegally bringing weapons into the country. The crew of the MV Myre Seadiver were denied bail by the High Court, pending a final ruling on Monday. The Nigerian navy had seized the ship, owned by Moscow-based security firm Moran, last October. Moran has said the ship had permission to carry arms and had stopped in Lagos to change crew. The vessel had been travelling from... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

37084

Benin,Nigeria,Ghana

30 January 2013

This Day (Lagos)

It was a perfect façade, so they thought. Who could have suspected that a couple riding in a neat-looking Mercedes Benz car was not what they pretended to be. To an ordinary onlooker, they were mere international travellers, perhaps heading to Nigeria on a pleasure or a business trip. However, the vigilance of a police patrol team uncovered their evil intention. The duo of Mr. Daniel Ofori, a Ghanaian and his Nigerian counterpart, Ms. Olufumolayo Adeyemo, were nothing... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: This Day (Lagos)

37003

Czech Republic,Hungary,Côte d'Ivoire,Iran,Guinea,Niger,Russia,South Sudan,China,Uganda,Afghanistan,Nigeria,Kenya,Iraq,Congo (DRC)

11 January 2013

New York Times

The first clues appeared in Kenya, Uganda and what is now South Sudan. A British arms researcher surveying ammunition used by government forces and civilian militias in 2006 found Kalashnikov rifle cartridges he had not seen before. The ammunition bore no factory code, suggesting that its manufacturer hoped to avoid detection. Within two years other researchers were finding identical cartridges circulating through the ethnic violence in Darfur. Similar ammunition then... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

36931

Russia,Nigeria

10 January 2013

This Day (Lagos)

The Russian government Wednesday called for the immediate release of the 15 sailors arrested by the Nigerian Navy for allegedly smuggling arms into the country. Nigerian authorities intercepted a ship and arrested its Russian crew on October 23 last year after they found 14 AK-47 rifles guns and 8,500 rounds of ammunition on board. The Russian Foreign Ministry said the sailors were facing a court case initiated "under false pretexts" and that Nigeria broke a promise... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: This Day (Lagos)

36924

United Kingdom,Nigeria,China

5 December 2012

New York Times / Associated Press

LONDON — A British arms dealer who helped ship thousands of assault rifles and millions of rounds of ammunition from China to Nigeria has been sentenced to seven years in jail. Gary Hyde was convicted on two counts of breaching U.K. trade controls and concealing criminal property for moving the weapons without a license and hiding more than 620,000 pounds ($1 million) in commission payments. While the 2006 deal between the Chinese and Nigerian governments was... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times / Associated Press

36798

Nigeria

9 November 2012

Leadership (Abuja)

A rights group, International Society For Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law, Intersociety has stated that illicit small arms circulating in the country is responsible for the high rate of crime. The group in a press release made available to LEADERSHIP in Awka said that over 300,000 illicit small arms are circulating in the wrong hands in Anambra State, and that this represent six percent of the entire illicit small arms in circulation in the country. The release... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Leadership (Abuja)

36728

Nigeria

5 November 2012

Daily Trust (Abuja)

LAFIA — A syndicate of gun runners, led by a native doctor, Daniel Danladi, have been nabbed by a team of men of the State Security Service (SSS) in Nasarawa State. The team also also recovered three AK47 rifles and a sub-machine gun. Abubakar Bubuche, state director of the security agency, who paraded the five suspects at the directorate's office in Lafia, on Tuesday afternoon, said charms, as well as 48 rounds of ammunition, were also recovered from the suspects... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Trust (Abuja)

36717

Nigeria

4 November 2012

Leadership (Abuja), Opinion

The rising case of insecurity in the country has given room for many debates, one of which included the creation of state police to tackle the spate of general insecurity in the country. However, the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) added a new twist to the whole debate when it recently called the Federal Government to consider the relaxation of gun ownership laws as a way to reduce crime. In other words, he wanted more private citizens to have access to guns. Michael... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Leadership (Abuja)

36710

Nigeria,England & Wales,China

27 October 2012

Daily Trust (Abuja)

LONDON — A London court yesterday convicted a British arms dealer of organising a big illegal shipment of weapons to Nigeria. Gary Hyde, a 43-year-old retired British volunteer police constable, was found guilty of helping to organise illegal shipment of 40,000 AK47 assault rifles, 30,000 rifles, 10,000 pistols and 32 million rounds of ammunition from China to Nigeria. He was convicted by a jury and will be sentenced on 23 November at the Southwark Crown Court, the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Trust (Abuja)

36690

Africa,Nigeria

8 October 2012

Leadership (Abuja), Opinion

Let us all first agree that the number of illegal arms in free circulation in Nigeria is permissible only in a state of anarchy. I don't think anyone, including the president himself, should have any problem agreeing with that. If what happened at the Federal Polytechnic, Mubi, last week, does not become a frightening wake-up call to Nigerians and their leaders, then, it must be true that the country is jinxed. If I were Jonathan, I would be very worried because what... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Leadership (Abuja)

36624

Nigeria

3 October 2012

This Day (Lagos)

It was a black Independence Day celebration for the inhabitants of Mubi town, Adamawa State, as unknown gunmen, suspected to be members of Boko Haram, massacred at least 46 persons, mostly students of three tertiary institutions in the town, on Monday night. At least three others were confirmed killed over the weekend in Bauchi State in the ongoing reprisals in Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area. Although the official casualty figure in the Mubi killing was put at... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: This Day (Lagos)

36611

Nigeria

26 September 2012

Leadership (Abuja)

Nemesis has finally caught up with three suspected robbers, who specialise in inter-state gun running as they were paraded by the Lagos State police command yesterday. Speaking with journalists at the command headquarters in Ikeja, Manko Abubakar Umar, Lagos State police commissioner said that on September 23, officer in-charge of Lagos State Anti-Robbery Squad SARS, Abba Kyari received information that one Uche Okeagbu was arrested by the police around IIlemba Hausa... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Leadership (Abuja)

36587

Germany,Nigeria

19 September 2012

Vanguard (Lagos)

The Federal Republic of Germany has disclosed that it will provide 500,000 euros to finance projects implemented by the newly established United Nation (UN) fund to combat illegal small arms. This is disclosed at the just concluded review conference on the programme of action on small arms and light weapons, the United Nations member states confirmed their commitment to fight illegal arms trading and to protect children in armed conflict. Speaking on progress of UN... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vanguard (Lagos)

36578

Nigeria

13 September 2012

This Day (Lagos)

Operatives of the Joint Task Force (JTF) in Borno State Wednesday arrested 11 suspected members of the Boko Haram sect in an overnight raid. The suspects were arrested in the Waka-Biu region of the state. Recovered from them were automatic weapons, ammunition and several homemade bombs. Confirming the arrest, the spokesman of the JTF, Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa, listed the dangerous weapons recovered from the sect to include a sub-machine gun, seven AK-47s, 1,568... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: This Day (Lagos)

36551

Nigeria

6 September 2012

Daily Trust (Abuja)

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) yesterday called for government to liberalise policy on gun ownership in efforts to stem violent attacks on citizens. Speaking at a press conference, NMA president, Dr Osahon Enabulele, said "in view of psychological fear factor among criminals or vandals, liberal gun ownership will curb criminality among hoodlums." He refuted observations that the call for more liberal policies on arms ownership was a "call for anarchy"... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Trust (Abuja)

36533

Nigeria

24 August 2012

Vanguard (Lagos)

The Commissioner of Police in Kogi, Mr Mohammed Katsina, said on Friday that more than 1,000 AK 47 rifles were among the dangerous weapons believed to be in circulation in Okene and its environs. He said this in Lokoja while parading some suspects, including a man in whose possession two AK 47 rifles, belonging to two soldiers killed in Okene on Aug. 7, were found. Katsina said that politicians and clan heads were responsible for the massive illegal circulation of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vanguard (Lagos)

36498

Nigeria

20 August 2012

Daily Trust (Abuja)

LOKOJA — The police in Kogi state yesterday recovered a parked Honda car containing 6 AK-47 rifles and eleven fully loaded magazines at a location in Oboroke Ihima in Okehi Local government area. A source told our reporter that a woman selling recharge cards by the road side close to where the vehicle was parked suspicious of the presence of the vehicle there. It was gathered that when a man came to move the car the woman alerted residents and the traditional ruler,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Trust (Abuja)

36481

Nigeria

18 August 2012

Vanguard (Lagos)

When a 9-year-old Aminat Lateef was murdered in December 2010, during a violent clash between factions of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, in the Mushin area of Lagos State, her parents and siblings thought they would never get justice for her death, against the backdrop of past experiences. But the reverse is the case now, as operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, FSARS, following a directive of the Inspector-General of Police, Mr... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vanguard (Lagos)

36476

West Africa,Nigeria

7 August 2012

Leadership (Abuja), Editorial

The chief of army standards and evaluation, Major-General Shehu Abdulkadir, at a recent Ramadan lecture said that 70 per cent of the 10 million illegal weapons in circulation in West Africa are in Nigeria. He was piqued at the worrisome development which he admitted is stressing the military and other law enforcement agencies. Globally, about 500 million illicit weapons are in circulation; 100 million of these are in sub-Saharan Africa, with about 10 million... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Leadership (Abuja)

36449

Nigeria

7 August 2012

This Day (Lagos)

Gunmen numbering about 10 last night stormed the Deeper Life Bible Church at Otite in Adavi Local Government Council of Kogi State, killing about 16 worshippers in the process. The attack is coming on the heels of a similar one in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital on Sunday night, where four people were feared killed in their homes by suspected members of the Boko Haram sect. Also, some unidentified gunmen Monday attacked a police station in Shagari Local Government... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: This Day (Lagos)

36433

Niger,Nigeria

14 June 2012

This Day (Lagos)

A serving Comptroller of Customs, Mr. Jack Bot, has been arrested for gun running. Bot and his orderly, Mr. Shehu Ahmed, were arrested by men of the State Security Service (SSS) at Customs Headquarters, Wuse, Abuja, for allegedly buying ammunitions from the Niger State Police command. Two police officers were also arrested for their alleged involvement in supplying arms and ammunition to armed robbers. It was gathered that the information provided those earlier... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: This Day (Lagos)

36246

Nigeria

4 June 2012

Nation (Nigeria)

Two police inspectors and a Customs inspector (names withheld) are now being held by the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), Louis Edet House, Force Headquarters, Abuja. They allegedly supplied arms and ammunition to armed robbers. The arrests of the officers were effected, following the arrests of some armed robbers in Abuja, who confessed getting their arms and ammunition from the Customs official attached to the Niger State command. The confession, our... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Nation (Nigeria)

36207

Nigeria

31 May 2012

Vanguard (Lagos)

AWKA — The Anambra State branch of Importers Association of Nigeria and the National Task Force against illegal importation of firearms and ammunition said yesterday that they had intercepted a trailer load of dangerous arms and ammunition in the commercial city of Onitsha. Briefing newmen, Chairman of the Association, Chief Emma Nwosu, said the weapons had been handed over to the police, explaining that in view of the development, the association was re-strategizing... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vanguard (Lagos)

36199

Nigeria

18 April 2012

Leadership (Abuja)

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has said that it has imported about 5,000 AK-47 assault rifles and two helicopters to be used in tackling proliferation of small arms by smugglers across the country's porous borders. The Comptroller-General of Customs, Abdullahi Dikko Inde, who disclosed this while speaking to State House Correspondents at the Presidential Villa in Abuja yesterday also said that Customs had purchase 400 units of Toyota Hilux vehicles approved by... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Leadership (Abuja)

36040

Nigeria

5 April 2012

Vanguard (Lagos)

AWKA — Gunmen,numbering seven yesterday, attacked Amichi police station in Nnewi South Local Government Area and injured a police officer in the process. About 10 vehicles packed within and around the police premises were also riddled with bullets. The hoodlums were said to have stormed the police station at about 2.30 am and after sporadic shooting, released two suspects believed to be their members and also allegedly made away with 14 AK-47 riffles belonging to the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vanguard (Lagos)

35993

Mexico,Australia,Brazil,Nigeria,Canada

21 March 2012

CBC News (Canada)

The office of Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird ordered last-minute changes to Canada's position on an international arms treaty, as well as to its delegation to meetings at United Nations headquarters, CBC News has learned. According to documents obtained under the Access to Information Act, the minister's office ignored advice from the department and ordered civil servants to invite Steve Torino, president of the Canadian Shooting Sports Association (CSSA), to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CBC News (Canada)

35940

Nigeria

19 March 2012

Vanguard (Lagos)

The Nigeria Police Force has begun capacity building with particular reference to handling of arms by policemen, following spate of extra judicial killings across the country. To this end, 5,000 policemen have concluded the first batch of training on when and how to use the firearms. This came as the Federal Government has concluded plans to provide the Nigeria Police Force with enough patrol vehicles, with a view to carrying out surveillance on Nigerian roads,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vanguard (Lagos)

35935

Philippines,Trinidad & Tobago,Zimbabwe,Zambia,Uganda,Tanzania,Senegal,Congo (DRC),Pakistan,Nigeria,Niger,Namibia,Morocco,Mauritania,Malawi,Madagascar,Côte d'Ivoire,Burkina Faso,Botswana,Egypt,Angola,Algeria,South Africa,Ghana,China,United States,Austria,Russia,Israel,Bahrain,Asia,Africa,Brazil

28 February 2012

Huffington Post (USA)

A small, scratched metal can thrown on the ground created Brazil's first diplomatic embarrassment of 2012. The canister of tear gas had been collected by pro-democracy activists in Bahrain. Stamped across the can in blue was a Brazilian flag and the words 'MADE IN BRAZIL.' One year had passed since Bahrain became the stage for pro-democracy protests by the majority Shiites against the Sunni monarchy commanded by king Hamad bin-Isa Khalifa. The protesters had been... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Huffington Post (USA)

35870

Nigeria

14 February 2012

Vanguard (Lagos)

MAKURDI — Two months of renewed onslaught against criminals and violent crimes across Benue State by the new Commissioner of Police in charge of the state, Mr. John Haruna has yielded an unprecedented results with the avalanche of arrests of men of the underworld in parts of the state. The frontal measure against criminals in the State culminated in the arrest of 620 suspects most of who were apprehended with lethal weapons and sophisticated arms and ammunition. In... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vanguard (Lagos)

35826

Germany,United Kingdom,China,Nigeria

8 February 2012

Daily Trust (Abuja)

British prosecutors recently vowed to pursue a legal case involving the shipment of large cache of weapons, allegedly from China and destined for Nigeria, after a London judge threw it out. Those involved in the trade are said to be British and German arms dealers. Mr Gary Hyde, a 42-year old retired British volunteer police officer, is accused of conspiring with his German business partner Karl Kleber for the illegal shipment of 40,000 Ak47 assault rifles, 30,000... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Trust (Abuja)

35808

China,United States,Ghana,Nigeria

30 January 2012

Nation (Nigeria)

Members of the dreaded insurgent group, Boko Haram, armed robbers and hired assassins have done great havoc with guns acquired illegally. Where are they coming from? OLUKAYODE THOMAS and JOKE KUJENYA examine the sources of illegal arms into the country. The ruins are still visible on the police zonal headquatres in Kano. The offices of the State Security Service (SSS) and the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) testify to the Boko Haram bombing and armed assaults of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Nation (Nigeria)

35782

Madagascar,Guinea,Ghana,Botswana,Angola,Algeria,South Africa,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa,Russia,Austria,Israel,Germany,Italy,United States,Yemen,Philippines,Pakistan,Sri Lanka,Tunisia,Brazil,Burkina Faso,Egypt,Côte d'Ivoire,Malawi,Mauritania,Morocco,Namibia,Niger,Nigeria,Congo (ROC),Senegal,Tanzania,Uganda,Zambia,Zimbabwe,Argentina,Ecuador,Chile,Honduras,Guatemala,United Arab Emirates,Trinidad & Tobago,Jordan,Dominican Republic,Singapore,Kazakhstan,Liberia,Saudi Arabia,Bosnia & Herzegovina,Congo (DRC),Guyana,Mauritius,Latvia,Oman,Nepal,Somalia,Bolivia,Colombia,Venezuela,Peru,Mexico,Qatar,Kuwait,Indonesia,Malaysia,Thailand

27 January 2012

Publica (Brazil)

[Translated summary: With the support of the Ministries of Defence and Foreign Affairs, Brazilian gun manufacturers seek new markets in countries with a history of human rights violations: Tunisia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Philippines and Yemen. Brazil is among the six countries in the world with annual exports exceeding $ 100 million, according to recent research from Small Arms Survey. According to the Army, responsible for supervising and controlling exports from 2005 to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Publica (Brazil)

35794

Iran,Ukraine,Ghana,Nigeria

23 January 2012

Nation (Nigeria), Editorial

A critical factor fuelling the alarming state of insecurity in Nigeria today is the dangerously large number of illegal arms circulating throughout the country. It is with these illegal weapons that sundry criminal elements have unleashed an unprecedented orgy of violence in recent times. In carrying out their dastardly acts, armed robbers, kidnappers, aggrieved militants, perpetrators of ethno-regional and communal conflagration, religious (Boko Haram) zealots,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Nation (Nigeria)

35758

Nigeria

19 January 2012

Daily Trust (Abuja), Opinion

The recent detection and confiscation of Nigeria-bound cache of arms by the Ghanaian Police Service in Accra brings into focus the danger of illegal firearms in Nigeria. The lorry load of weapons destined for Nigeria highlights a critical need for the Nigerian authorities to be more vigilant in enforcement of gun control laws. While Boko Haram bombings, communal killings and economic problems are taking centre stage, the onslaught of murderous bank robberies, killing... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Trust (Abuja)

35748

Nigeria,Ghana

12 January 2012

Daily Trust (Abuja)

ACCRA, Ghana — The Ghana Police Service says it impounded on Tuesday a lorry load of arms and ammunitions in Achimota, Accra, allegedly being smuggled to Nigeria from the country. The police command, acting on a tip-off by a resident in the area, affirmed that five persons - three Ghanaians and two Nigerians - were arrested in connection with the crime. The suspects, Sunday Eze, Samuel Taiwo and two others. are currently in police custody and assisting the Command... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Trust (Abuja)

35725

Germany,Poland,Nigeria,China,United Kingdom

10 January 2012

BBC News

A British-based arms dealer helped organise the shipment of thousands of guns from China to Nigeria without the necessary licence, a court has heard. Gary Hyde partly arranged and organised the shipment in 2007 of 80,000 rifles and pistols and 32 million rounds of ammunition. Southwark Crown Court heard he did not receive permission from the relevant government department. Mr Hyde, from Derwent near York, denies the charges. The court was told the shipment involved... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

35724

Nigeria

9 December 2011

Vanguard (Lagos)

ABUJA - President Goodluck Jonathan, Thursday, expressed worry that the growing proliferation of small arms and light weapons in the country was contributing to the present insecurity situation. He tasked Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, to do more in stemming the menace. The President, however, commended NCS for the remarkable successes recorded in the seizures of all types of arms being smuggled through the borders. He urged them to continue to play their role in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vanguard (Lagos)

35650

Russia,Mozambique,Nigeria,India,Australia,East Africa,Eastern Europe,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa

5 December 2011

IRIN (UN News)

JOHANNESBURG - The rate of accidents at munitions storage sites has risen to unprecedented levels in 2011, despite a growing international commitment to assist countries in managing their weapons and ammunition stockpiles. "During the first ten months of 2011, the average number of explosions has increased to more than three per month - the highest rate recorded in a calendar year," said the Small Arms Survey (SAS), a Geneva-based NGO monitoring small arms and armed... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: IRIN (UN News)

35622

Nigeria

1 December 2011

Vanguard (Lagos)

YOLA — Adamawa State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of three police officers, including an Assistant Superintendent, ASP, and two inspectors for allegedly renting arms and ammunition from the police armoury to robbers, as exclusively reported by Vanguard a fortnight ago. They were alleged to have stolen different categories of arms and ammunition which they gave to robbers for certain amount of money for every operation they reportedly carried out. At a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vanguard (Lagos)

35612

Nigeria

30 November 2011

Daily Trust (Abuja)

YOLA — Adamawa State Police Command has confirmed that a retired Assistant Superintendent of Police and two Inspectors were arrested in connection with illegal sale and distribution of arms and ammunition to criminals in the state. The retired armourer, ASP Abuna Mainasara, Inspector Daniel Eliphas and Inspector Abubakar Hali would soon be charged to court for gun running. Already the two serving inspectors have been dismissed from the force. Speaking to newsmen... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Trust (Abuja)

35598

Nigeria

10 November 2011

This Day (Lagos)

The Nigerian Police Command in Bauchi State has arrested one Gambo Mohammed and his collaborator, Alhassan Mohammed, for allegedly manufacturing of illegal firearms and ammunitions. The state Police Commissioner, Mr. Ikechukwu Aduba, who disclosed this to newsmen in his office, yesterday, said the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) recovered from the suspects two firearms, ammunition fabricating apparatus, one oxygen gas cylinder, corrugated local implements for... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: This Day (Lagos)

35538

Nigeria

3 November 2011

Daily Trust (Abuja)

The House of Representatives yesterday moved to stop the proliferation of firearms in Nigeria by considering a bill seeking to repeal and re-enact the Firearms Act Number 32, 1959. The bill also seeks to prescribe more stringent and modern ways of firearms control. Rep Umar Adam Katsayal (CPC, Katsina), who sponsored the bill, said the rate of fire arms proliferation in the country was alarming and poses serious threat to public peace. He said the firearms Act... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Trust (Abuja)

35504

Nigeria

3 November 2011

Reuters

MAIDUGURI - Nigerian security forces have started door-to-door searches for weapons in northeast Borno state after an arms amnesty for Islamist militants expired on October 31, a spokesman said on Wednesday. Colonel Mohammed Hassan, spokesman for the Joint Military Taskforce in Borno, said the measure was aimed at curbing violence in the state, which is suffering almost daily gun attacks and frequent bombings by the militant group Boko Haram. "We have commenced... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Reuters

35503

West Africa,Africa,Nigeria

27 October 2011

Africa Report (Jeune Afrique)

Lawrence Olefumi Obisakin, a senior director in Nigeria's Ministry of Foreign Affairs told a United Nations General Assembly committee responsible for disarmament and international security that it was time the international community tackled the proliferation of illicit arms. "We expect no less of a treaty which provides the legal basis for international trade in conventional weapons," he said. "The government of Nigeria is deeply concerned at the magnitude of human... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Africa Report (Jeune Afrique)

35479

Nigeria

18 October 2011

Daily Trust (Abuja)

MAIDUGURI — Worried by the spate of killings in various parts of Maiduguri, the Borno State Capital, the Joint Task Force (JTF) yesterday asked residents to either surrender their arms or face the wrath of the law. It said all arms acquired illegally must be returned on or before October 31, 2011. In a statement by its head of field operations, Colonel Victor Ebhaleme, the JTF said some people had illegally acquired firearms and stockpiled them in their... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Trust (Abuja)

35433

Nigeria,Bahrain,Saudi Arabia,United Kingdom

17 September 2011

Next (Nigeria), Opinion

Arms manufacturers and dealers are delighted when a new conflict breaks out. Desert Storm was a fantastic business opportunity for arms manufacturers. Every round shot through the barrel of a gun was another "ching-ching" in the cash register. They are not the only ones that benefit through conflict. The likes of Halliburton rejoice with every airstrike and artillery shell that destroys a building or some part of national infrastructure in a foreign country. Every bit... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Next (Nigeria)

35300

Africa,Nigeria

4 August 2011

Daily Champion (Lagos)

When former President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua approved the implementation of the Niger Delta Amnesty programme two years ago, he, most likely, would not have imagined that it would become the huge success that it presently has become. At the time he made the historic move, the Niger Delta region was, literally, a war zone. Militant youths, armed with sophisticated weapons controlled different parts of the states of the region, killing, maiming or kidnapping people,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Champion (Lagos)

35159

Guinea,Nigeria

19 July 2011

Nigerian Observer

ABUJA - The West African Police Chiefs Committee (WAPCCO) is to conduct joint security operations for safer and more secure sub-region, according to a statement by the Commission. The statement, made available to newsmen in Abuja stated that it was part of commitments made at the just-concluded meeting of the technical sub-committees of WAPCCO in Conakry, Guinea. The chiefs agreed to focus on trafficking in small arms and light weapons as a priority for the first... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Nigerian Observer

35079

Ghana,Nigeria,Côte d'Ivoire,Libya,West Africa

3 July 2011

Daily Sun (Nigeria), Editorial

The alert by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on trafficking in arms and mercenaries in the sub region deserves urgent attention. This is more so as it has been reported that the increasing shootings and bombings in the Northern part of the country have cross border influences. The ECOWAS intelligence report revealed that the proliferation of small arms and light weapons in West Africa is the fallout of the ongoing crisis in Libya and the recent... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Sun (Nigeria)

35008

Nigeria

16 June 2011

Vanguard (Lagos)

BENIN — The Edo State Security Service, SSS, and the State Police Command, Tuesday, paraded 48 suspected armed robbers and kidnappers, recovering N7.7million and cache of ammunitions with them. Among the suspected kidnappers paraded were persons alleged to be involved in the abduction of the father-in-law to the Deputy Governor of Edo State, Chief Felix Okungbowa. Also, some of the arrested armed robbers included the gang that carted away N7.7million after they... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vanguard (Lagos)

34957

Nigeria

28 May 2011

Le Figaro (France) / AFP

Des hommes armés soupçonnés d'appartenir à un groupe islamiste radical ont attaqué hier une caserne de la police, un commissariat et une banque dans le nord du Nigeria, faisant huit morts a annoncé la police durant la nuit de vendredi à samedi. Le chef de la police de l'Etat de Borno, Mohammed Jinjiri Abubakar, a indiqué à l'AFP que l'attaque s'est déroulée dans la ville de Damboa, à environ 100 km au sud de Maiduguri, la capitale de l'Etat. "Ils ont... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Le Figaro (France) / AFP

34881

Nigeria

18 February 2011

Nation (Lagos)

One of the two men being tried over last year's importation of 13 containers loaded with firearms, Ali Abbas Usman Jega, was arrested with a gun 23 years ago, a Federal High Court in Lagos heard yesterday. At the resumption of the trial yesterday, the prosecution, led by Mrs. Olufunmilayo Fatunde, tendered a document - a statement dated October 27 last year, containing details of how Jega was arrested, by the police, as a teenager with a locally made gun. Jega, a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Nation (Lagos)

34425

Nigeria

25 January 2011

Nation (Nigeria)

The Federal Government has disbanded the National Task Force on illegal importation of goods, small arms, ammunition and light weapons. The directive was contained in a statement signed by the Legal Director, Federal Ministry of Finance, Bukhari Bello, on behalf of the Finance Minister, Mr Olusegun Aganga. The directives followed the Ministry's discovery that there is no law backing the task force. The task force, according to the statement, has no fixed address and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Nation (Nigeria)

34392

United States,Nigeria

3 January 2011

Associated Press

GREENBELT — A federal judge has sentenced a Laurel man to more than three years in prison for shipping guns and ammunition to Nigeria. Fifty-year-old Emenike Nwankwoala, a former state probation officer, was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt. Prosecutors say Nwankwoala told an undercover agent from Immigration and Customs Enforcement that he had been buying shotguns and shipping them to Nigeria for the past decade, turning a large profit.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

33949

United Nations,Nigeria

12 August 2010

Vanguard (Lagos)

OWERRI, Nigeria — The President of Youths Enhancement Organization,(YEO), Ambassador Obinna Egbuka, has appealed to the United Nations to take decisive action to end what he termed "the irresponsible trade in conventional weapons across the globe". Obinna, who spoke in Owerri, ahead of this year's World Youths Day, said the appeal became expedient now as Nigeria grapples with increasing cases of kidnapping and armed robbery. He argued "that trade in conventional... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vanguard (Lagos)

33171

Nigeria

5 August 2010

Vanguard (Lagos)

JOS — The Plateau State Police Command has arrested 11 persons for allegedly specializing in stealing police service rifles and selling them. The principal suspect, Nanfir Nanfa allegedly broke into the homes of a sergeant and a constable to steal two AK 47 rifles and sold them. Parading the suspects on Wednesday, state Police Commissioner, Mr. Ikechukwu Aduba said the gun stealing syndicate was smashed through intelligence reports while another four-man gang of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vanguard (Lagos)

33159

Nigeria

26 July 2010

Nigerian Tribune (Ibadan)

Former Benue State and Senator of the Federal Republic, George Akume, has raised the alarm over proliferation of small arms in the state in a build-up to the 2011 general election. Akume stated this when he received in audience members of Benue Youth Forum, Abuja branch, led by its president, Mr. Yakubu Sule, and secretary, Mr Justine Tyopine, at his residence in Abuja to register their objection on the suspension of the former governor from the Peoples Democratic... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Nigerian Tribune (Ibadan)

33145

Nigeria

5 July 2010

Leadership (Nigeria)

KADUNA — The men of the 82nd Division of Nigerian Army in Enugu has arrested illegal arms dealers and found in their possession 1,283 firearms along ammunitions in large quantity in Aba, Abia State. The General Officer Commanding of the Division, Major General Mohammed Isah, stated in an interview with the BBC Hausa on Thursday night. The GOC said they have no license to carry out such dealings and they were suspected of supplying arms to suspected armed robbers and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Leadership (Nigeria)

32958

Africa,Nigeria

25 June 2010

Agence France Presse

TORONTO — Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan Friday denounced the dumping of small arms and light weapons in Africa by developed countries, calling it one of the major causes of underdevelopment in the continent. Jonathan, who is scheduled to speak to the G8 summit on its Millenium Development Goals, told journalists he would raise his concerns with world leaders, calling arms proliferation "one of the things that disturb me most." "The excessive dumping of small... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Agence France Presse

32893

Nigeria

13 May 2010

Vanguard (Lagos)

ABUJA - Presidential Adviser on Niger Delta and National Co-ordinator of the Post- Amnesty Programme, Mr. Timi Alaibe, has blamed the lull in the implementation of the programme on lack of proper planning before the announcement of the amnesty, given the fact that the nation was faced with a major crisis in the Niger Delta, at the time. "We experienced some sort of delay in the programme because there was no structure on ground, no concrete plan document because we... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vanguard (Lagos)

32670

Nigeria

25 April 2010

234 Next (Timbuktu)

The federal government's amnesty programme is heading for the rocks with allegations that money meant for the rehabilitation of militants has been embezzled and the youth are now threatening to return to the creeks. Acting President Goodluck Jonathan who was all too aware of the dangers, moved last week to salvage public confidence in the programme by restructuring it. Under the new structure, Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Timi Alaibe, would... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: 234 Next (Timbuktu)

32568

Africa,Nigeria

15 April 2010

Nigeria First (Abuja), Media release

Shortly before departing Washington D.C. on Wednesday April 14, Acting President Goodluck Jonathan called on members of the Black Caucus in the US Congress to stem the tide of proliferation of small arms and light weapons in Africa. The Acting President, who met with the Group at the Capitol Hill in the US Capital City, urged the caucus to come up with a draft bill for the control of the dumping of small arms and light weapons in Africa. Dr Jonathan said attributed... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Nigeria First (Abuja)

32535

Nigeria

25 March 2010

Vanguard (Lagos)

AWKA — The Civil Liberties Organisation, CLO, in Anambra State has called for full investigations into the recent arrest of one Mr. Martin Anokwara over alleged smuggling of about 100,000 ammunitions and a gun valued at over N6 Million into the country. Describing the incident as a national embarrassment, especially when the importer confessed to the police that the ammunition and gun were on transit to Onitsha Main Market for onward distribution to the end users in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vanguard (Lagos)

32395

Nigeria

21 March 2010

Daily Trust (Nigeria)

An Assistant Superintendant of Police (ASP) with the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command last Wednesday allegedly shot to death his lover, a 27-year-old divorcee and mother of three children. Residents said the officer was infuriated when he found out that his lover, Deborah Kaase had a relationship with another man. Late Deborah's relation, Tu Real, said the relationship between the police officer and Deborah began after she left her husband last year. He... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Trust (Nigeria)

32388

Nigeria

19 March 2010

Daily Champion (Lagos)

UMUAHIA, Nigeria — Detectiveds from Federal Anti Robbery Squad (FARS), Adeniji Adele, Lagos have intercepted truck load of arms and ammunition worth over N12 million. Also four persons who allegedly imported the ammunition have been arrested. They are being detained by FARS at Adeniji Adele. Daily Champion gathered that the over 100,000 rounds of ammunition were en route to Onitsha in Anambra State before policemen, acting on a tip off, intercepted a Leyland truck... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Champion (Lagos)

32375

Nigeria

2 March 2010

Daily Independent (Lagos)

ENUGU/ABAKALIKI, Nigeria — Residents are now counting their losses after the ceasefire that followed Ezza/Ezzilo communal clash in Ebonyi State, while security forces have started recovering arms. Though, the number of casualties and quantum of material losses are still not clear, the police command admits that much had been lost. The hostilities ceased shortly after Governor Martin Elechi in the company of the Police Commissioner, Emmanuel Dipo Yeni, visited the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Independent (Lagos)

32259

Nigeria

1 March 2010

Daily Independent (Lagos)

LAGOS — Kamilu Kamoru, a peasant farmer, had set out to harvest tubers of yam for his family on Saturday, February 6, 2010. Armed with a Dane gun and a cutlass, he rode on his Suzuki motorcycle and had hardly settled down in his farmland situated at Afowowa, Isale Oyo, Oyo Town, Oyo State, when he sighted scores of guinea fowls feeding on his maize crops. "Immediately, I sighted the birds, I was happy, hoping that I would kill one of them and ask my wife to prepare... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Independent (Lagos)

32258

Nigeria

1 March 2010

Vanguard (Lagos)

ASABA, Nigeria — Men of the Delta state police command have arrested a five-man gang along Patani/Ughelli road with dynamites and AK-47 rifles. State police command's spokesman, Mr. Charles Muka who confirmed the incident said that policemen on patrol duty successfully dislodged the gang before they could strike. According to him, "police command has recovered 16 assorted rifles seized from five members of the gang terrorizing Patani /Ughelli road users. "On 24th... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vanguard (Lagos)

32242

Nigeria

20 February 2010

Leadership (Abuja)

LAFIA, Nigeria — The Nasarawa State Police command on Thursday intercepted, 16 local made rifles along Akwanga/Jos road en route from Cross River State to Jos, the Plateau State capital. Briefing newsmen in Lafia, the state police commissioner, CP Ephraim Amakulor, said that the rifles were stuffed in the door and boot mat in a Toyota Saloon car intercepted along Akwanga roundabout during the police stop and search operation. The commissioner explained that the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Leadership (Abuja)

32192

Nigeria

22 December 2009

IRIN (UN News)

KANO, Nigeria — A tense calm has been restored following clashes between pastoralists and farmers in central Nigeria's Nasarawa State which left 32 people dead, scores of houses burned, and several farms destroyed, officials told IRIN. Violence erupted on 18 December when pastoralists attacked the farming village of Udeni Gida - two weeks after a clash with farmers on 6 December when herdsman led their cattle into rice fields resulting in the death of a farmer,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: IRIN (UN News)

31722

Nigeria,Ukraine,West Africa

17 November 2009

African Press Agency

LAGOS — Nigerian President Umaru Yar'adua said on Tuesday that Nigeria and the Republic of Ukraine would cooperate to stem the tide in illegal trading in small arms across West African countries. Receiving a letter of credence from the new Ukrainian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Valerii Vasyliev in Abuja on Tuesday, Yar'adua expressed the hope that"Ukraine will help us to bring the illegal trade under control". Yar'adua noted the long-standing friendly relations between... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: African Press Agency

31488

Nigeria

15 October 2009

Associated Press

ABUJA, Nigeria — A Nigerian lawmaker says parliament is considering a bill that will make it a criminal offense for hospitals and medical workers to delay or deny treatment of gunshot wounds. House of Representatives member Mayor Eze said Thursday that failure to treat a victim in both private and public hospitals could result in at least five years in prison. Nigerian hospitals now must wait to treat victims of gunshot wounds because of a police directive from the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

31262

Nigeria,United Nations

28 September 2009

Xinhua

UNITED NATIONS — There is an urgent need for a rejuvenated fight against trafficking in small arms, a top Nigerian diplomat said at the General Assembly here Monday, stressing the ties between that trade and piracy and oil smuggling in the Niger Delta. "The proliferation of small arms in West Africa is fast turning the region into a major transit point for illicit drugs, thus also facilitating the growth of criminal syndicates, some with enough firepower to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Xinhua

31086

Nigeria

24 September 2009

Leadership (Abuja)

ABUJA — The Director-General of Peace and Conflict Resolution, Dr. Joseph Gowa has said that the amnesty programme of the Federal Government has reduced the incidence of arms competition among militant groups in the Niger Delta region and also reduced the influx of small arms and light weapons into the restive area. He said the programme has achieved great results and has the potential of addressing the problems of the region if embraced and given full cooperation by... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Leadership (Abuja)

31052

Nigeria

15 August 2009

Vanguard (Lagos)

The Chairman of Moba Local Government, Mr Akinwale Alebiosu, and five others have been arrested by the Ekiti State Police Command over alleged gunrunning. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) learnt that Alebiosu and others were arrested at Otun-Ekiti on Friday at about 11p.m. with 13 guns concealed in a vehicle. Alebiosu was also alleged to be hiding thugs in his house at Otun-Ekiti. The Acting Commissioner of Police, Mr Fabian Ojiri, confirmed the arrest of the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vanguard (Lagos)

31038

Nigeria

10 August 2009

Inter Press Service News Agency

Nigeria's president Umaru Yar'Adua is embarking on an ambitious move to end armed insurgency in the country's oil-rich Niger Delta region. Under a government initiative which started on Aug, 6, militants in the region have 60 days to hand over their arms in return for a presidential amnesty, unconditional pardon and reintegration programme. As the first week of the amnesty period draws to a close, only a few weapons have been handed over at designated screening... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Inter Press Service News Agency

30729

Nigeria,Ukraine,Equatorial Guinea

22 June 2009

This Day (Lagos)

KANO — The seven-member crew of the Ukrainian aircraft that flew into the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport on Tuesday with arms and ammunition were yesterday moved to the Abuja office of the Directorate of Military intelligence (DMI) for further investigation. A Nigerian clearing agent linked with the Ukrainian aircraft, simply identified as Sylvester, was also taken to the DMI office with the crew. Sources also confirmed that Ukrainian embassy officials met... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: This Day (Lagos)

30373

Nigeria,Ukraine,Equatorial Guinea

21 June 2009

Vanguard (Lagos)

Military authorities yesterday said the Ukranian cargo aircraft loaded with arms and ammunition, which was seized at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport last week, was the type of aircraft used for arms smuggling and that they have no reason not to believe that the arms were not meant for militants in the Niger Delta. According to the military, whether the cache of weapons were destined for Equitorial Guinea or Niger Delta, it is one and the same thing as MEND... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vanguard (Lagos)

30358

Nigeria,West Africa,United Nations

21 June 2009

Leadership (Abuja)

ABUJA — The West African Action Network on Small Arms (WAANSA), Nigeria chapter, has called on government to express vocal support for a comprehensive Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) in a move to broaden the base of the national assault against gun violence with reference to the restive Niger Delta region. The group's president, Mr. Dickson Orji, who made this call at a briefing to mark the global week of action on small arms and light weapons, said the call is coming as... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Leadership (Abuja)

30356

Equatorial Guinea,Nigeria,Ukraine,Guinea-Bissau,West Africa

19 June 2009

Daily Trust (Abuja)

The huge consignment of weapons found in the Ukrainian cargo plane now detained at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano was procured by the Ministry of Defence of Equatorial Guinea, the crew members of the detained plane told security agents yesterday. They insisted that they were on their way to Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea, to deliver the arms consignment from the former Soviet Republic of the Ukraine when the plane stopped over in Kano to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Trust (Abuja)

30330

Nigeria,Ukraine,Equatorial Guinea

18 June 2009

Reuters

KANO, Nigeria — A Ukrainian cargo plane bound for Equatorial Guinea has been impounded in Nigeria after security officers found weapons and ammunition on board, a Nigerian official and Ukrainian media said. The official at northern Nigeria's Kano airport, who asked not to be named, said the plane had stopped to refuel late on Wednesday when the arms were discovered during a routine search. Nigerian police confirmed that an aircraft had been detained but gave no... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Reuters

30322

Nigeria

11 June 2009

This Day (Lagos), Opinion

LAGOS — A rather novel but nefarious line of business is flowering in the land. It is in the emergence of kidnapping as a cottage industry of sorts and the elevation of the kidnapper/gunman as a new object of national attention, an anti-hero that often leaves a heavy cloud of trauma and even blood in his trail. In recent months, we have seen an epidemic of kidnappings for ransom grow into a veritable business model. The victims have been as wide ranging as the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: This Day (Lagos)

30266

Nigeria,Chad

10 June 2009

Daily Trust (Abuja)

Four suspected female arms dealers who belong to a syndicate that specialises in supplying arms to armed robbers in different parts of the country, especially in the North-east have been declared wanted by the Taraba State Police command. Taraba Police Commissioner, Aliyu Musa, who made this known to Daily Trust in Jalingo yesterday gave the names of the suspects as Awotu, Akudi, Abanyi and Akwen. He said all of them belong to the same family and hail from Wukari... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Trust (Abuja)

30269

Nigeria,West Africa

9 June 2009

Daily Sun (Lagos)

KADUNA — The Economic Community of West African States has called for imposition of heavy sanctions on any member-state that violates the United Nations treaty on the stockpile of small arms and ammunition. Speaking in Kaduna on Monday, at a five-day workshop on the "Stockpile of Arms and Ammunition Management and Security" held at the Air Force Institute of Technology, Kaduna, Head, ECOWAS Small Arms Unit, Dr. Agrekethom Cyriaque said if state-owned weapons were not... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Sun (Lagos)

30263

Nigeria

21 April 2009

Daily Trust (Abuja)

An 83-year-old gunrunner, Bala Joji, has submitted himself to crime buster, Ali Kwara as he got wind that Kwara had perfected plans of arresting him in connection with some weapons he sold to criminals. Arraigning the octogenarian before newsmen in Kano yesterday, Kwara revealed that it was the second time Malam Joji entered his net, saying he was later discharged the first time he arrested and handed him over to the police. The crime buster stated further that some... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Trust (Abuja)

29920

Nigeria

13 April 2009

Punch (Lagos)

Men of the Lagos State Police Command have recovered 41 assorted guns and 364 pieces of live ammunition from hoodlums within the state during the first quarter of 2009. According to statistics obtained by our correspondent from the command's Public Relations Office in Ikeja, Lagos on Friday, the policemen recovered 16 guns and 38 pieces of ammunition in January. In February, 13 guns and 280 pieces of ammunition were recovered from bandits while 12 guns and 42 pieces... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Punch (Lagos)

29801

Nigeria

4 March 2009

Leadership (Abuja)

GUSAU — The Zamfara State police command has announced the arrest of an 85-year old man alleged to be a local gun manufacturer, Baushe Makeri of kotorkoshi village in Bungudu local government area of the state. While parading the suspect with 11 locally made guns in his possession, along with nine other armed robbery suspects, the state commissioner of police, Alhaji Mohammed J. Abubakar, said the old man was arrested for supplying guns to armed robbers. "The arrest... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Leadership (Abuja)

29405

Nigeria

24 February 2009

This Day (Lagos)

ABUJA — Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) yesterday disclosed that it was considering sending a bill that would allow every adult to carry arms as a way of checking unwarranted attacks to the National Assembly. The body also took a swipe at what it called the non-challant attitude of President Umaru Musa Yar Adua and Vice President Goodluck Jonathan to the violent crisis in some parts of the North, asking them to resign if they cannot proffer solutions to the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: This Day (Lagos)

29412

Nigeria,Chad

8 February 2009

Daily Trust (Abuja)

KANO, Nigeria — Last week, a hunter and crime buster, Ali Kwara, cracked down on a robbery gang that led to the arrest of a man who claimed to be a supplier of arms and ammunitions to robbers and ethno-religious warlords during crises. In this chat with Sunday Trust, Sarki Azetu, 31, gives shocking revelations. As a fisherman in a small village in Benue, Sarki Azetu was that dexterous with net, and according to him, his cast was also superb. But that, however, was... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Trust (Abuja)

29160

Nigeria

8 February 2009

Daily Triumph (Kano)

Some suspected armed robbers who were believed to be selling of guns and ammunitions used during the last Yalwan Shendam crises in Plateau state, have been arrested by a group of policemen led by the renown hunter Alhaji Ali Kwara. While parading the suspects to newsmen on Tuesday in Kano, one of the suspects, Sarki Azaitu said he used to receive arms supply from a woman, one Awotuni who is a Jukun by tribe. According to him, the woman who herself acquire her supply... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Triumph (Kano)

29156

Nigeria

11 December 2008

Daily Trust

The Inspector General of Police Mike Okiro said policemen whose guns are stolen or no where to be found will face stiffer punishment. Okiro gave the warning in Abuja yesterday during a meeting with Mobile Police Force Squadron (PMF) Commanders. He said any policeman who allows guns attached to him to be stolen or to get missing will be held responsible and will be punished severely. He said all guns assigned to policemen should be handled carefully as the Force will... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Trust

28808

Nigeria

8 December 2008

This Day (Lagos)

LAGOS — Eight soldiers entrusted with the responsibility of safe-keeping the military arms at the Command and Staff College arms depot, Jaji and the One Base Army Ordnance, Kaduna were found guilty by a General Court Martial that sat in Kaduna to have stealthily sold those arms to River State-based Movement for the Defence of the Niger Delta (MEND) for use to wage war against the Nigerian State. As an army major, if you add his salary and all his military entitles,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: This Day (Lagos)

28776

Nigeria

28 November 2008

Punch (Lagos), Editorial

Military authorities last week demonstrated a strong resolve to deal with the unrest in the troubled Niger Delta region by handing down life sentences and demotions to soldiers implicated in the sale of arms from the Nigerian Army armoury to militants. The soldiers who appeared before a General Court Martial had racked up a N100 million windfall from the sale of over 7, 000 military weapons to a militant group, Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND),... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Punch (Lagos)

28717

Nigeria

19 November 2008

Voice of America, Transcript

ABUJA — Six Nigerian soldiers have been sentenced to life imprisonment for selling guns and other weapons to militants and criminals in the Niger Delta. Prosecutors said the arms sales had contributed to the violence in the oil-rich region. For VOA, Gilbert da Costa filed this report from Abuja. Security experts and rights groups have long accused some members of the security forces of secretly selling arms to militants and criminals in the Niger Delta. A Nigerian... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Voice of America

28677

Nigeria

19 November 2008

Leadership (Abuja)

ABUJA — A ten-man military court martial headed by Brig-Gen. Bala Usara, yesterday in Kaduna, sentenced Major Sulaiman Alabi Akubo and five other soldiers to life imprisonment for illegally selling arms worth over N100 million to Niger Delta militants. Other soldiers who shared Akubo's fate in the deal that involved over 7000 arms of various descriptions are Sergeant Matthias Peters, Lance Corporal Alexander Davou, Lance Corporal Moses Nwaigwe, Lance Corporal Nnamdi... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Leadership (Abuja)

28676

Nigeria,United States

5 November 2008

Vanguard (Lagos)

The Tin-can Island command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has intercepted arms and 1,767 rounds of ammunition concealed in three jeeps being illegally imported into the country and has also detained four persons said to include the consignee and the agent. While handing over the items which includes 1,767 rounds of ammunition, two pistols, two single barrel riffles and three short pump action riffles to the port police authority, Customs Area Controller (CAC) of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vanguard (Lagos)

28597

Nigeria

10 October 2008

This Day (Nigeria)

ABUJA — The Federal Government yesterday inaugurated committee for the establishment of a National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons. Minister of State for Defence, Mrs Fidelia Akuabata Njeze, said this is coming at a time when the country's peace and stability is increasingly under threat by activities of armed groups, as currently being witnessed in some parts of the country. The committee, is to propose the mandate and composition of the Commission,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: This Day (Nigeria)

28389

Nigeria

1 October 2008

Daily Trust (Abuja) / NAN

Nigeria yesterday in New York called for a legally binding global instrument to stem the proliferation of small arms in Africa. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chief Ojo Maduekwe, made the call while delivering Nigeria 's statement at the 63rd session of the UN General Assembly. Maduekwe said that the legal moves became necessary due to the devastating impact of illicit trade in small arms and light weapons which fuel civil wars and insurgencies in some African... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Trust (Abuja) / NAN

28354

Nigeria

7 September 2008

Daily Trust (Abuja), Opinion

These are perilous times in Nigeria. The mounting wave of violent crimes in the country has prompted an atmosphere of fear, insecurity, uncertainty and total bewilderment. In every nook and cranny of the polity today, the nefarious activities of armed criminals have posed a dangerous threat to hapless Nigerians and impinged on the ability of the Nigerian state to maintain law and order. Indeed, the ugly situation is so surreal and horrible that one could nurse a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Trust (Abuja)

28169

Nigeria

18 June 2008

Daily Trust (Abuja)

MINNA — A 14 year old boy, Abubakar Onifade was killed in Minna on Monday night by a stray bullet from a police officer while watching television in his father's sitting room. Our correspondent gathered that the stray bullet which went through the door of the sitting room hit the boy, an SS2 student of Hill Top Secondary School Minna on the chest and shattered the television screen. It was also gathered that the tragedy occurred as the police officer on patrol of a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Trust (Abuja)

27395

Nigeria

30 May 2008

Leadership (Abuja)

A coalition group under the auspices of Youth for Peace (YFP), said every year thousand of people die while millions are injured from gunshots which if not redressed, would undermine people's livelihood and security. To this end, the group disclosed that first week of June will be the global week of action against gun abuse, stressing that all stakeholders should participate so as to remind the government of their responsibility from principle to practice. A... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Leadership (Abuja)

27261

Nigeria,West Africa

15 May 2008

Afrique en Ligne / PANA

LAGOS, Nigeria — The President of the ECOWAS Commission, Dr Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Wednesday praised civil society organisations for their role in the ongoing campaign to achieve the level of ratification required to make the regional Convention to check the proliferation of small arms and light weapons in West Africa operational. During his meeting in Nigeria's federal capital city Abuja with the President of the West African Action Network on Small Arms (WAANSA), Dr.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Afrique en Ligne / PANA

27093

Nigeria,Germany

10 March 2008

Guardian (Lagos), Opinion

On New Year's Day 2008, 18 people died in a shooting scene in the Nigerian city of Port Harcourt, amongst them civilians who were caught up in the crossfire. Just like in Kenya — where massacres were raging at the same time — there was a German weapon at the centre of the violence: according to Nigerian press reports, the police confiscated one Heckler & Koch (H&K) G3 assault rifle from the attackers. However, German media only reported about this incident in the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (Lagos)

26414

Nigeria

11 February 2008

Daily Sun (Lagos)

ABUJA — Five Senior Army officers and 10 other soldiers are to appear before a military court martial in Kaduna today for alleged involvement in illegal sale of arms and ammunition. The court martial set up by the Army high command to try some of its officers and soldiers involved in the illegal sale of arms and ammunition. The accused officers to appear before the court martial set up by the Army high command, include, Colonels R.O.Yusuf, Gadgere, Lieutenant-Colonel... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Sun (Lagos)

26070

Nigeria

21 January 2008

Vanguard (Lagos), Editorial

LAGOS — Court martial of 15 soldiers, among them three colonels, two lieutenant colonels, one major and nine non-commissioned officers may just reveal a tip of the ease with which arms get into unauthorised through official sources. It is a matter for a larger enquiry than the confines of a military trial. There are civil or non-military components of these matters that are often discarded as if we are still under military rule. Seven years ago, the Auditor-General... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vanguard (Lagos)

25936

Nigeria

17 January 2008

Vanguard (Lagos)

LAGOS — The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Luka Yusuf, has vowed that none of the army officers found to be allegedly part of the syndicate that stole arms and ammunition from the Army Central Ordinance Depot in Kaduna, will go unpunished. Fifteen officers, including three Colonels, are currently facing trial at a court-martial in Kaduna over the disappearance of hundreds of AK-47 rifles, GPMGs and ammunition boxes from the depot. Gen. Yusuf, Vanguard... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vanguard (Lagos)

25907

Nigeria

17 January 2008

Financial Standard (Nigeria), Editorial

The recent warning by President Umaru Yar'Adua's in Kontagora, Niger State at the end of a training exercise for soldiers that his administration will not tolerate widespread reports that arms and ammunition are missing in some army formations is an admonition that must be taken seriously. This is particularly apposite, following the revelation that some of the missing arms and ammunition from the Nigerian Army Central Ordinance Depot in Kaduna State were actually sold... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Financial Standard (Nigeria)

25873

Nigeria,West Africa

15 January 2008

This Day (Lagos), Opinion

LAGOS — The proliferation, misuse and illegal possession of small arms and light weapons (SALWs) is becoming a common culture in various societies. In the not-too-distant past, SALWs was alien to the African society apart from the crude and primitive ones used by hunters in the hinterland. Today, the incessant cases of political instability, deepening poverty, crimes of armed robberies, assassinations, militancy, oil bunkering, civil wars, ethnic insurgencies, to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: This Day (Lagos)

25868

Nigeria

14 January 2008

Vanguard (Lagos)

Fifteen army officers, three of them Colonels, are currently facing a court martial in Kaduna over alleged disappearance of a large quantity of arms and ammunition from the armoury. Also facing trial are two Lieutenant-Colonels, a Major and nine Non-Commissioned Officers. Large sums of money are also alleged to have been found in the accounts of some of the accused persons. The weapons were allegedly removed from the Nigerian Army Central Ordinance Depot in Kaduna... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vanguard (Lagos)

25854

Nigeria

11 January 2008

Vanguard (Lagos)

LAGOS — A Superintendent of Police, said to be an armourer in Jos, an Inspector and three other rank officers in the same department have been arrested by the Police for allegedly supplying police AK-47 rifles to a deadly gang of criminals. The SP who was picked up following confession by the robbers after some of them were nabbed was said to have reached agreement with the robbers that any time they went for an operation; the loot will be shared on a 50-50... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vanguard (Lagos)

25834

Nigeria

5 December 2007

Relief Web / Small Arms Survey (Geneva), Web Page

This report is based on field research that was carried out by the Small Arms Survey and our Nigerian partners from September 2006 to April 2007. Consequently, the analysis presented here reflects the situation in Nigeria during this period. While the report does address some key events that took place after April 2007 — the inauguration of the new president, Umaru Musa Yar'Adua; the initiation of peace talks in the Niger Delta; and the release of Alhaji Mujahid... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Relief Web / Small Arms Survey (Geneva)

25544

Nigeria,West Africa

30 October 2007

Vanguard (Lagos)

LAGOS — The Commandant of Nigerian Merchant Navy Corps, Benson Allen Edema weekend raised alarm over the continued importation of illegal arms and ammunition into the country through the high seas from other neighboring countries, stating that it was not only responsible for the rising crime rate in Nigeria but capable of destabilizing our economy. Commander Edema who spoke to reporters Friday at his base in Race Course, Lagos lamented that some foreign ships have... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vanguard (Lagos)

25151

Nigeria

25 October 2007

Daily Champion (Lagos)

GOMBE — The Gombe State police command has uncovered an illegal arms manufacturing outfit in Katam village of Akko local government area of the state that is believed to be supplying firearms to armed robbers terrorizing the area. Briefing newsmen on Tuesday, the state commissioner of police, Mr. Joseph Ahmed Ibi, said following a tip off, operatives of the Criminal Investigation Bureau attached to the command went into the village and arrested the man, Salihu... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Champion (Lagos)

25108

Nigeria

15 September 2007

Vanguard (Lagos)

MINNA — Cosmos Onyigbo bought a gun from an acquaintance at a Police station and gets arrested less than five minutes later for unlawful possession of firearms. His arrest by the Police and subsequent charge for unlawful possession of firearms is still a mystery and unbelievable to him. In fact, the manner of his arrest looks to him like a "set up" even though he actually fell into the trap. Cosmos Onyigbo, from Anambra State and a father of five had been living in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vanguard (Lagos)

24676

Nigeria

29 August 2007

Daily Champion (Lagos)

LAGOS — Governor Timipre Sylva of Bayelsa State has urged the Federal Government to stem the influx of small arms into the Niger Delta region through improved security. He made the call yesterday during a retreat for Bayelsa State executive council, special advisers, and other top government officials at the Eko Tourist Beach Resort Lekki, Lagos State. Sylva stressed that proliferation of arms in the region has heightened militancy in the area and called for... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Champion (Lagos)

24527

West Africa,Nigeria

3 August 2007

AfriCast

ABUJA — The second Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Small Arms Control Programme Steering Committee takes off in Abuja, Nigeria on August 6 to review progress on the process for ratification of the Convention on Small Arms in the Sub-region. The ECOWAS Small Arms Control Programme (ECOSAP) is a capacity building programme aimed at establishing a sustainable system for the control of small arms and light weapons (SALW) in West Africa. In an... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: AfriCast

24347

Nigeria

1 August 2007

This Day (Lagos)

YOLA — An alleged female gun-runner, who specialises in arms and ammunition supply to men of the underworld, has been arrested by Adamawa State Police Command. She was intercepted with over 100 rounds of ammunitions and a gun, along Ganye-Tungo road. The middle-aged woman, Madam Rebecca, alleged to be a notorious dealer in arms and ammunitions, was arrested while trying to smuggle her consignment across the Taraba/Adamawa states border. Also, the Command has... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: This Day (Lagos)

24311

Nigeria,West Africa

27 July 2007

Vanguard (Lagos)

ABUJA — The Inspector-General of Police (IG) Mike Okiro yesterday said that the major challenge facing peace and security in the West African Sub-region is the constant proliferation of small arms. Speaking in Abuja at a 2-day regional conference on the ratification of the Convention on Small Arms and Light Weapons, organized by the West African Action Network on Small Arms (WAANSA), sponsored by UNDP, the Inspector-General of Police, Mike Okiro also disclosed that... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vanguard (Lagos)

24256

Nigeria,West Africa,United Nations

3 July 2007

This Day (Lagos)

LAGOS — Various stakeholders have called on the Federal Government to set up a Small Arms Working Group (SAWG) to meet on ways to check proliferation in the country. The committee, when convened, is also to discus a cross-regional methodology for data collection; information sharing between members, network and the Government without endangering the lives of members of the Working Group and other interested parties. Above issues were contained in a communique... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: This Day (Lagos)

24051

Nigeria,West Africa,United Nations

29 June 2007

Vanguard (Lagos)

The West African Action Network on Small Arms (WAANSA), has called on the Federal government to address the issues that have given rise to the increase in demand for small arms in Nigeria, noting that it has fueled and prolonged conflicts in the country. WAANSA, a members of the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA), the global movement against gun violence, is a network of 700 civil society organisations working in 100 countries to stop the proliferation... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vanguard (Lagos)

24008

Nigeria

4 June 2007

This Day (Lagos)

MINNA — The police in Niger State, have discovered a local blacksmith who specialises in arms manufacturing at Pandogari Village, Rafi Local Government Council of the state and recovered 40 pistols during a raid. The local arms manufacturer, Ahmadu Magaji, was arrested during investigations into a case of armed robbery involving 16 suspects caught last week, one of which confessed to have bought a pistol from Magaji. The state commissioner of police, Haruna John,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: This Day (Lagos)

23805

Nigeria

29 May 2007

This Day (Lagos)

LAGOS — A Non-Governmental Organisation, Women in Peace-building Program (WIPNET) under the aegis of West Africa Network for Peace-building Nigeria (WANEP) has decried the problem of arms proliferation in Nigeria which has adverse impact on vulnerable groups such as women and children. Speaking at a conference in commemoration of International Women's Day for Peace and Disarmament and media presentation of a publication titled "From Dispute To Dialogue", held... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: This Day (Lagos)

23771

Nigeria

10 May 2007

Daily Champion (Lagos)

Police in Delta State have intercepted large cache of ammunitions from arms dealers in Bayelsa State allegedly meant for the militants terrorizing multi-national oil companies in the Niger Delta region. Also, the command recovered various grades of dangerous assault rifles from some die-hard criminals which they used in their operation. Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Hezekiah Dimka stated Tuesday while parading over 14 armed robbery suspects with the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Champion (Lagos)

23652

Nigeria

29 April 2007

Daily Trust (Abuja)

The Directorate of State Security Services (SSS) has uncovered a huge firearms syndicate, whose tentacles are spread across several states of the federation, and has the scion of a first class chief in Plateau state as its ring leader. Operatives of the SSS confirmed to Sunday Trust in Abuja that Henry Pam, son of Victor Pam, Gbong Gwom Jos and Chairman of the Plateau state Traditional Council, was arrested on Saturday, the 9th of December last year for illegal... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Trust (Abuja)

23568

Nigeria

19 March 2007

This Day (Lagos)

Chairman of Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, has called on security agencies to check the proliferation of small arms in the country for the April elections to be free of violence. Ndoma-Egba who spoke at a one-day workshop organized by the Cross River State Police Command for stakeholders in the 2007 General Elections, noted that there were too many small arms in circulation in the country. He said the typical Nigerian... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: This Day (Lagos)

23082

Nigeria

7 March 2007

Daily Champion (Lagos)

LAGOS — Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mr. Sunday Ehindero yesterday announced plans by the force to procure thousands of firearms and ammunitions for the April general elections. Specifically, he disclosed that arrangements have been concluded by the police leadership to acquire 40,000 (forty thousand) pieces of AK-47 riffles with 20,000,000 (twenty million) rounds of 7.65x 39mm ammunition; 10,000 pieces of Pistol Beretta with two million rounds of .9mm... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Champion (Lagos)

22977

Niger,Nigeria,Chad

7 March 2007

IRIN (UN News) / Reuters

ABIDJAN — Five years after the end of rebel wars in Niger, the presence of small arms in that country and over the border In Nigeria and Chad, continues to threaten the welfare of millions of people. Freeing a former conflict zone of such weapons is the aim of a pilot project under way in southeastern Niger. However, to ensure long-term success, similar initiatives with a more regional focus may be needed. The destruction of 103 small arms handed in by people in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: IRIN (UN News) / Reuters

22965

Nigeria

14 February 2007

This Day (Lagos), Editorial

If there is one more reason why Nigerians should be apprehensive of the forthcoming elections, the report from the Inspector General of Police, Mr Sunday Ehindero that the police recovered seven trailer loads of illegally imported arms in Lagos, is it. True, the police have been recovering illegal arms in the past. With local manufacturers of gun, here and there, plus the ones that come from warring neighbouring countries, the volume of illegal arms in circulation can... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: This Day (Lagos)

22771

Liberia,Nigeria

4 December 2006

Analyst (Monrovia)

MONROVIA — After receiving a consignment of fire arms from the Nigerian government, the Liberia National Police (LNP) has finally re-armed its officers. The handover, which took place last Friday at the Police Headquarters on Capital Hill, brought together several international partners including the head of UNMIL, Ambassador Alan Doss, and US Ambassador to Liberia, Donald Booth Others included UN Police Commissioner Mohammed Alhassan and Nigeria Ambassador, Eineje... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Analyst (Monrovia)

22248

Nigeria

8 November 2006

African News Dimension

As a pre-emptive step, the Nigerian government as ordered 40,000 pieces of Ak-47 rifles and 20 million rounds of 7.62 x 39mm ammunition for the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) ahead of the country's 2007 elections. The government anticipates an upsurge of criminal and violent activities prior to the polls. Minister of Police Affairs, Alawoei Broderick Bozimo said, in Abuja, that "plans have been concluded to procure the following; 40,000 pieces of Ak-47 rifles with 20... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: African News Dimension

22109

Nigeria,West Africa

3 November 2006

Vanguard (Lagos)

Nigeria Action Network on Small Arms (NANSA) in collaboration with Oxfam GB recently organised a round table discussion on the need for Nigeria Government to ratify the ECOWAS Convention on small arms and light weapons, and also to champion Africa's support for an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) at the United Nations. The programme which was a product of the efforts by individuals, government and non-governmental organisations across the world, especially in the continent of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vanguard (Lagos)

22079

Nigeria

2 October 2006

Xinhua

Nigeria is set for mass-production of Nigerian version of AK-47 rifles, Director General of the Defense Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) Brig.-Gen. N.C. Maduegbunam said on Sunday. Speaking at the ceremony to present Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo a Nigerian-type AK-47 in Kano, a leading industrial city in north Nigeria, Maduegbunam said the rifle project was conceived by the corporation some years ago. "The design and production of two simple rifles... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Xinhua

21710

Nigeria,United Nations

29 September 2006

Tide (Abuja)

When the world came together last week, the major issue of concern was the protraction of small arms proliferation around the world, and how this has aggravated conflicts in places such as Darfur and the Niger Delta regions. President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria particularly called on the United Nations to take more drastic action against this evil menace. This scenario also played itself out when European Union diplomats met in Abuja to discuss the deteriorating... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tide (Abuja)

21709

Nigeria,United Nations

26 September 2006

This Day (Lagos)

ABUJA — President Olusegun Obasanjo has called for greater global action to curb the proliferation of small arms and light weapons in West Africa and other parts of the world, just as he observed that the illicit supply of small arms and light weapons to "non-state actors" was a major causative factor for political instability and insecurity in West Africa. In an address delivered on his behalf to the 61st Session of the United Nations General Assembly by the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: This Day (Lagos)

21677

Nigeria,West Africa,United Nations

19 September 2006

This Day (Lagos)

LAGOS — As the world marks the Global Day of Action on Control Arms, the Nigerian government has been called up take the initiative and lead African States to press for positive steps in the negotiation of an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). "The Nigerian government should declare itself a supporter, and then become a co-sponsor of the resolution at the UN", said Mr. Dickson Orji, national coordinator of Nigeria Action Network on Small Arms (NANSA). Making above call in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: This Day (Lagos)

21615

Nigeria,West Africa

11 August 2006

This Day (Lagos)

ABUJA — The Federal Government yesterday said no fewer than 1000 people are killed daily by illegal Small Arm and Light Weapons (SALWs) bearers in the West African sub-region. Mrs Salman Mann, Head, Department of Collective Defence and Security, Ministry of Cooperation and Integration in Africa, said this at a media presentation of activities of the ministry in Abuja. Mann said over 10 million SALWs are in circulation in West Africa, out of 639 million all over the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: This Day (Lagos)

21284

Nigeria,West Africa

9 July 2006

This Day (Lagos)

LAGOS — As the United Nations review conference on small arms ends, Nigeria showed itself to be a leader in the global fight against the illegal trade in small arms and light weapons. Recently, Nigeria gave its strongest support yet to an Arms Trade Treaty to regulate the illegal import and export of the small arms and light weapons that have wreaked mayhem on Africa's largest country for over a decade. In a declaration to the conference, Ambassador Simeon... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: This Day (Lagos)

21042

Nigeria

3 July 2006

Daily Trust (Abuja)

ABUJA — The military is yet to identify the soldier who went on a killing spree in Toro area of Bauchi state weekend. The soldier shot his superior officer and four villagers in Magama Gumau and escaped from the scene by abducting a woman at gunpoint and stealing her car, traumatized villagers say. The killings happened moments after a truck crashed into the village market killing two people, including a pregnant woman. Villagers say the soldier shot a man after he... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Trust (Abuja)

20974

Nigeria

30 June 2006

Vanguard (Lagos)

ABUJA — President Olusegun Obasanjo, Thursday challenged the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) to redouble its commitment on intelligence service by combating small arms proliferation as well as checking the activities of Militia groups. He also tasked the Agency to assist his administration in checking the pervasive corruption in the country as well as economic and financial crimes and religious extremism which he said are exerting great impact on global and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vanguard (Lagos)

20915

Nigeria,West Africa

28 June 2006

Somali Net

West Africa was identified as one of the regions on the African continent with so many fire arms. The illegal possessors of these fire arms are mostly the rebel groups in West Africa and other criminals. This was revealed at a United Nations conference in Nigeria's town of Lagos. "There are at least eight million small arms in West Africa … with more than half in the hands of insurgents and criminals. Criminal elements in Ghana alone reportedly possess 40 000 small... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Somali Net

20896

West Africa,Nigeria

15 June 2006

Reuters

ABUJA — West African heads of state adopted tough new rules on Wednesday to stop the proliferation of small arms that have fuelled devastating conflicts in several countries in the region. A convention drawn up by the regional bloc ECOWAS allows it to impose sanctions if member states fail to comply with restrictions on manufacturing and importing light weapons. "The threats and challenges posed by proliferation of small arms as well as the activities of bandits... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Reuters

20703

Nigeria,West Africa

13 June 2006

This Day (Lagos)

LAGOS — Women groups under the aegis of Women in Peace-building program (WIPNET) of the West Africa Network for Peace-building (WANEP) have called on the Federal Government to enact a law making un-approved arms importation into Nigeria a criminal offence; and to enact a bill to monitor accountability in arms transaction in government security agencies. Above call was made at a forum marking the International Women's Day for Peace and Disarmament, which took place in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: This Day (Lagos)

20704

West Africa,Nigeria,Mali

7 June 2006

People's Daily (China) / Xinhua

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is to launch its small arms control program in Bamako, the capital of Mali, on Tuesday. According to a statement issued by the ECOWAS headquarters in the Nigerian capital Abuja, the program is "targeted at reinforcing efforts to reduce the proliferation of small arms and light weapons (SALW) in West Africa." The program is a five-year transitional capacity-building program that would initially implement a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: People's Daily (China) / Xinhua

20650

Nigeria,West Africa

2 June 2006

AfriCast / AngolaPress

ABUJA — Experts of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have begun the process of approving a regional draft convention to control the proliferation of small arms in the region, said a statement issued here on Wednesday. The statement issued by the ECOWAS headquarters in Nigerian capital Abuja said the process is being finalized at a meeting, which kicked off in Bamako, Mali on Tuesday. The statement said the three-day meeting would consider the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: AfriCast / AngolaPress

20594

West Africa,Nigeria,Mali

1 June 2006

People's Daily (China) / Xinhua

Experts of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have begun the process of approving a regional draft convention to control the proliferation of small arms in the region, said a statement issued here on Wednesday. The statement issued by the ECOWAS headquarters in Nigerian capital Abuja said the process is being finalized at a meeting, which kicked off in Bamako, Mali on Tuesday. The statement said the three-day meeting would consider the draft... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: People's Daily (China) / Xinhua

20614

Nigeria

28 May 2006

This Day (Lagos)

LAGOS — The State Security Service (SSS) has raised alarm, flaying the high rate of illicit arms proliferation in the country. Making the fears of the service known in Lagos, the Commandant of the State Service Academy, Mr. Felix.O. Ikumupayi, said the high rate of illegal procurement and use of weapons was giving cause for serious concern to security and law enforcement agencies, particularly the SSS. Ikumupayi, who made the remark in his welcome address at the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: This Day (Lagos)

20571

Nigeria

15 May 2006

This Day (Lagos)

Enugu State Police Command has arrested a man suspected to be manufacturing pistols and double-barreled guns, which he supplied to armed robbers. Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mike Abattam, told newsmen at the weekend that Cyprian Okeke, 57, was arrested by the police at his home in Udi on April 10, following the confessions of the leader of a two-man robbery gang. Okeke and the two suspected robbers, Obinna Eze, 22 and Sunday Ude, 20, were paraded before... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: This Day (Lagos)

20359

Nigeria,West Africa

28 March 2006

Daily Independent (Abuja)

The proliferation of small arms in African sub-region is giving Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and respected world leaders a serious concern. But they believe that Nigeria has the capacity to lead a campaign against it. Recently, some NGOs from within and outside the country gathered in Abuja to brainstorm on the best ways possible to stem the proliferation of small arms. At the ceremony organised to mark the 100 days countdown to the United Nations Review... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Independent (Abuja)

19990

Nigeria

22 March 2006

This Day (Lagos)

Nobel Peace Laureates, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Dr Oscar Arias, Jody Williams and the Albert Schweitzer Institute, have called on the Federal Government to champion global control on the small arms trade. The call came on the heels of the United Nations' (UN) review conference on small arms coming up in New York later in the year, and was contained in an open letter made available to THISDAY. Other signatories to the letter include Mary Robinson, renowned former UN... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: This Day (Lagos)

19956

Nigeria

21 March 2006

Daily Independent (Ikeja)

The Federal Government has been called upon to champion efforts directed at achieving an international treaty on small arms trade. The call was made by the Nigeria Action Network on Small Arms (NANSA), Oxfam GB, Amnesty International (AI) and the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) at a press conference on Monday to mark the 100-day countdown to the United Nation (UN's) review conference on International Arms Trade Treaty billed for June this... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Independent (Ikeja)

19955

Nigeria,West Africa

15 March 2006

Daily Independent (Lagos)

Experts from Africa, Europe and the U.S. have endorsed an ECOWAS draft convention on small arms and light weapons after a two-day meeting in Abuja. A communiqué from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Secretariat in Abuja on Tuesday said the draft replaced the eight-year old regional moratorium on the importation, exportation and manufacturing of small arms and light weapons signed in October 1998. It added that the 20-page draft prepared by... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Independent (Lagos)

19878

Nigeria,West Africa

15 March 2006

African News Dimension (Johannesburg) / ANGOP

West Africa's economic bloc ECOWAS said Monday independent experts from Africa, Europe and the United States had endorsed a draft convention for the sub-region to check the menace of small arms and light weapons after a two-day meeting in Nigeria. The draft convention will replace the eight-year-old regional Moratorium on the Importation, Exportation and Manufacture of Small Arms and Light Weapons, which was signed by regional leaders in October 1998, the 15-member... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: African News Dimension (Johannesburg) / ANGOP

19877

Nigeria,West Africa

9 March 2006

Xinhua

LAGOS — Fifty experts are meeting on Thursday in Nigeria to discuss a draft convention on small arms and light weapons for the troubled west African region, according to a statement issued by the sub-regional bloc ECOWAS. The two-day meeting, which is being attended by experts from 15 member states, Europe and the United States, will consider the 20- page draft convention prepared by two consultants recruited last year by the Economic Community Of West African... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Xinhua

19825

Nigeria

23 January 2006

This Day (Lagos)

LAGOS — The Kwara State Command of the Nigeria police has recovered over 225 arms and ammunition from hoodlums terrorizing the people of the state. The command's image maker, Mr. Gideon Markus (DSP) who disclosed this at the monthly meeting of Police Industrial Relations Committee (PIRC) in Ilorin, said those items was recovered from two persons. He opined that one of the suspects were arrested with a container loaded with about 218 cartridges opposite the Omu Aran... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: This Day (Lagos)

19389

Nigeria

2 January 2006

Nigerian Tribune

The Catholic Archbishop of Ibadan, Most Reverend Felix Alaba Job, has said that Nigerians are sitting on a keg of gunpowder which could soon explode, stressing that arms and ammunition are now rampant in the country. The Catholic prelate, who urged politicians to give peace a chance in the country, also condemned the allocation of security votes to the office of some principal political officers, stressing that such money was used to encourage thuggery and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Nigerian Tribune

19189


For earlier articles, use the Search News feature above