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South Africa Destroys Almost 25,000 Firearms During Amnesty Periods

8 July 2021

Times (South Africa)

The police have destroyed almost 25,000 firearms, including weapons voluntarily handed over during the two previous amnesty periods, and those that were either confiscated or surrendered to the state. The firearms were destroyed at Cape Gate Steel in Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng, after a notice was published in the Government Gazette in June, with 24,910 firearms intended to be destroyed. "About half of the firearms that have been destroyed were handed in during the... (

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Nigeria Adopts Tougher Penalties for Illegal Firearms

1 July 2021

Daily Independent (Nigeria)

The Senate on Wednes­day passed a bill which provides for three years jail term or N3 million fine or both, as penalties for anyone caught il­legally possessing or dealing in firearms in Nigeria. Titled 'Firearms Act (Amendment) Bill, 2021', the piece of legislation amends section 35 (2) of the Principal Act which previously provided a fine of just N1000 as penalty. The amendment to section 35(2), which is captured in Clause 4 of the bill, provides for stiffer... (

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Kenyan President Sets Fire to More Than 5 000 Illegal Guns

10 June 2021

Independent Online (IOL)

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday set alight more than 5 000 illegal firearms in a gesture to highlight the importance of peaceful resolutions to conflict. Kenyatta set fire to 5144 illegal firearms, in addition to out-of-date state-owned guns, at the Regional Traffic Police Training Centre located in Ngong, west of the capital Nairobi, State House Kenya reported. "A peaceful Kenya, a united Kenya is for the good of all of us. And that can only be achieved... (

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Kenya Burns Over 5,000 Illegal Firearms to Curb Crime

10 June 2021


The Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday presided over the burning of 5,144 illegal firearms and obsolete state-owned small arms and light weapons at the Regional Traffic Police Training Centre in Ngong, Kajiado County. He further called on those making homemade guns to join the newly built government facility that produces guns. "This is to those making illegal guns, come we make legal money and jobs. Come forward and declare you can make a gun and you will... (

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Liberia Embarks on a Five-year Strategic Plan for Arms Control

8 June 2021

Analyst (Liberia)

The Liberia National Commission on Small Arms (LiNCSA) has concluded three-day stakeholders' validation sessions to endorse a five-year Strategic Plan (2021-2025) that has been formulated to provide strategic direction for the Commission. The Plan will essentially guide management decisions, planned programs and activities in the accomplishment of its general and specific mandates and institutional sustainability. The five-year Strategic Plan builds and improves on... (

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Heavy Gunfire: What's Behind Faure's Show of Force at Akaba

5 June 2021

TogoWeb (Togo)

[Translated content] The President of the Republic, Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé, attended last weekend a shooting campaign with heavy weapons on the Akaba (Akébou) firing range. It is often said that great evils require great remedies. And the other one says: "who travels far, spares his mount". These two adages, which have always been true, are a source of determination for our country which is sharpening its weapons to comply with the new military programming law... (

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Togo Conducts Heavy Weapons Firing Campaign

3 June 2021

TogoWeb (Togo)

He who wants peace prepares for war. Faure Gnassingbé seems to have understood this quote from Julius Caesar. After the promulgation of the law on military programming and the acquisition of military equipment in Togo, the Togolese head of state has seen fit to test his weapons. If the information does not appear on any official government website, it is rather abundantly relayed on the web. On one of the photos published by some news sites, we can see the Togolese... (

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LiNCSA Proposes Mandatory Registration of Hunting Guns

27 May 2021

Smart News Liberia

The Liberia National Commission on Small Arms (LiNCSA), through its Chairman has submitted a proposal to the Government of Liberia to begin the conduct of mandatory registration of single barrel hunting guns throughout Liberia within 180 days commencing July 2021 and granting full amnesty for the offense of illegal possession of single barrels hunting guns during the said period. In a communication to His Excellency President George Manneh Weah dated May 25, 2021, the... (

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Nigeria,West Africa

Merchants Of Death: Tactics Criminals Use to Smuggle Firearms Into Nigeria

21 May 2021

Punch (Nigeria)

Criminals are hell-bent on making Nigeria unsafe with the diverse methods being used to smuggle firearms into the country. The country is currently battling insurgents, killer herders, robbers, kidnappers and bandits using sophisticated weapons to cause mayhem across states in the country. The security agents have been able to bust some of the gangs and their methods of smuggling firearms into the country while others albeit escaped their eagle eyes. There are viral... (

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Arms Trafficking in Togo and Benin

12 May 2021

TogoWeb (Togo)

[Translated text] 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. "On 30 April 2021 at around 1am, the patrol team of the Central Police Station of the city of Lomé stopped a suspicious AUDI car with the registration... (

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Basic Steps That Can Stop Catastrophic Explosions at Munition Sites

8 April 2021


A series of massive blasts recently rocked Equatorial Guinea's city of Bata. The explosions, at an army barracks, killed over 100 people and destroyed military buildings as well as people's homes around the site. President Teodoro Obiang Nguema stated that the explosions were "caused by negligence of the unit in charge of storing explosives, dynamite and ammunition at the Nkoa Ntoma military camp". Unplanned explosions at munitions sites have occurred on all continents... (

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Liberia to Amend the Firearms and Ammunition Control Act of 2015

31 March 2021

Liberia National Commission on Small Arms (LiNCSA)

Liberia is leading the reform efforts within in West Africa to conform to provisions of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) by ensuring the validation to amend the Firearms and Ammunition Control Act of 2015 and the Act creating the National Small Arms Commission of Liberia. The new Arms Commission Act when enacted by the National Legislature will expand its mandate to regulate all categories of conventional arms including small arms, light weapons their ammunition and related... (

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Nigeria: Tackling Insecurity with Cargo Tracking Note

26 March 2021

This Day (Nigeria)

Over the years Nigeria has been bedeviled by insecurity and the problem has become worse in the last five years. The situation seems to have defied all effort by the federal government to check the menace. Apart from banditry and kidnapping for ransom, piracy in the nation's waters is at an all-time high. Also, the country has been besieged by the outbreak of violence and conflicts, which have claimed thousands of lives and property. For instance, Boko Haram has, in... (

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Weapons and Ammunition Seized in Segbe

19 March 2021

TogoWeb (Togo)

The defence and security forces have been carrying out control operations in certain areas of the city of Lomé and its surroundings for several weeks. The objective is to fight against the growing crime in the country. On Thursday 18 March 2021, these operations were extended to the Segbe district, a locality located in the western suburbs of the capital in the Golfe 7 commune, according to a statement issued by the Minister of Security and Civil Protection, General... (

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Nigerian State Vows to Prosecute Herders with Firearms

2 March 2021

Daily Independent (Nigeria)

Herders and livestock owners in Bayelsa State who are caught with firearms will be arrested and prosecuted by the state government when the anti-open grazing bill before the House of Assembly is passed into law and assented to by Governor Douye Diri. Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Biriyai Dambo SAN, stated this while speaking at the public hearing on the legislative document titled, 'Livestock Breeding and Marketing Regulation Bill, 2021' at the House... (

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Work Can Be a Violent Experience For Zimbabwe's Forest Rangers

9 February 2021


As cases of poaching rise across Africa's protected areas, some governments have responded with a military approach to nature conservation. From as early as the mid 1980s, military forces themselves were used to enforce conservation, as were military strategies and technologies and paramilitary personnel. In 2011, about 165 South African soldiers were deployed to the Kruger National Park, and soldiers were deployed to Zimbabwe's national parks in 2015. Deployment of... (

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South Africa

South African Women Turn to Fight Rape, Murder Scourge

7 February 2021


For the dozens of women training at a shooting range near Johannesburg, learning how to use a gun has become a means of protection in a country where a woman is murdered every three hours. For the first time in her life, Ntando Mthembu holds a revolver in her hands. Without hesitating, she fires 10 bullets towards a cardboard target. Last November Mthembu's cousin, left alone in a house for several hours, was gang-raped and murdered. "Before it happens to me, I want... (

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How Arms Proliferation Fuels Insecurity in Nigeria

7 February 2021

All Africa

Despite efforts by security forces, violent crimes are on the hike pointing to availability of small and light weapons in the country. Experts attribute this trend to large unmanned borders. Proliferation of arms, occasioned by illegal and porous borders and booming business of gun-running, is fuelling Nigeria's security challenges, giving rise to criminal activities across the country. Investigations by Daily Trust show a spike in cases of banditry, kidnapping,... (

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Uganda,South Africa

The Roots of Pre-Election Carnage by Uganda Security Forces

20 January 2021

Conversation (Uganda)

For two days in November 2020, Uganda witnessed some of the most violent riots in a decade. The riots were triggered by the arrest of opposition presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, who is challenging the incumbent Yoweri Museveni in the February 14 2021 election. Authorities alleged that Kyagulanyi, better known as Bobi Wine, had consistently disregarded COVID-19 related election campaign guidelines limiting gatherings to no more than 200 people. In the violence... (

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Nigeria: Police Warn Against Unlawful Gun Possession

6 January 2021

Daily Independent (Nigeria)

As a result of various violence and attacks, kidnapping and other vices across Oyo State, the State Police Command has warned against possession of illegal firearms in the state. The warning was contained in a statement on Tuesday by the Police Public Relations Of­ficer (PPRO), Oyo State Com­mand, Fadeyi Olugbenga, on behalf of the Commissioner of Police, Oyo State Command, Joe Nwachukwu Enwonwu. According to the statement, "It has come to the attention of the... (

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