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Nigeria,Sierra Leone

Two Nigerian Men Held in Sierra Leone for Unlicensed Guns

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possession of small arms without license, contrary to section 19(2) of the Arms and Ammunition Act No.14 of 1955, as repealed and replaced by section...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)

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Nigeria

Nigerian Police Bans Issue of New Gun Licences

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)

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Nigeria

'Brilliant' Nigerian Lecturer Shot Dead at Home

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)

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Nigeria

Report Shows 80 Percent of Privately Held Arms in Nigeria are Illegal

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)

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Nigeria

Nigerian Catholic Priest Investigated Over Illegal Guns

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)

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Nigeria

Nigeria Drafts Law to Meet Arms Trade Treaty Requirements

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)

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

How Disarmament in Africa Got More Complicated

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)

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West Africa,Nigeria

Nigeria Establishes Committee to Tackle Illegal Firearms Threat

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)

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Russia,Nigeria

Gun Trafficking Charges Dropped Against Russians in 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)

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Nigeria,United States

Nigeria Customs Seizes Smuggled Arms Concealed in Household Cargo

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)

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Nigeria

Nigeria Becomes First African Country to Ratify Arms Trade Treaty

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)

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Nigeria

Nigeria Police Recover 22 Guns in One Month

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)

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Nigeria

Nigerian State Plans to Legally Acquire Guns for Vigilantes

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)

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Nigeria

Nigerian Police Arrested as Part of Gun-Making Syndicate

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)

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Nigeria,China,England & Wales

UK Judge Orders Almost 13,000 Guns Destroyed in Arms Dealer Case

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)

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Nigeria

Nigeria MP in Court Over Illegal Gun Possession

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)

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Nigeria

Taskforce Estimates 65% of Arms Imported to Nigeria Arrive Via Waterways

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)

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Nigeria

Huge Weapons Cache Seized in 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)

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Germany,Nigeria,China,United States,United Kingdom

Former Doyen of UK Gun Lobby Pleads Guilty to More Gunrunning

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)

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Nigeria,Iran

Iranian Jailed for Illegal Arms Importation into Nigeria

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)

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