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Arms Trafficking in Togo: What is There to Fear?

Trafic D'armes au Togo: Ce Qu'il Faut Craindre!

TogoWeb (Togo)

12 May 2021

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Have the Togolese become very active in arms trafficking? After the seizure of 70,000 12-gauge cartridges by the Beninese police, Togo also announced a second seizure of 1,300 cartridges of the same calibre. In both cases, Benin is mentioned as the final destination and the involvement of Togolese.

[…] Togo is positioning itself as a hub for ammunition and therefore arms trafficking. With this increase in trafficking, General Felix Abalo Kadanga, former Chief of Staff of the Togolese Armed Forces (FAT) and current President of the National Commission for the Fight against the Proliferation, Circulation and Illicit Trafficking of Small Arms and Light Weapons (CNLPAL), will not be idle.

[…] Beyond the arms trafficking that is intensifying around Togo, the country has long since acquired the reputation of a transit country for drug trafficking. Last March, 17 tonnes of cannabis with a market value of 20 billion CFA francs were seized in a warehouse in Niamey. The merchandise, coming from Lebanon, transited through the autonomous port of Lomé, which is equipped with high-precision scanners. Apart from this record seizure, many others were made in Europe and Latin America on board vessels flying the Togolese flag.

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