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Nigeria,West Africa

Police Confirm 1 Million Illegal Guns in Nigeria

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... (

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Nigeria Police Uncover 3 Gun Factories

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... (

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Activist Urges Nigeria Federal Govt to Commence Small Arms Buyback

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... (

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39,880 Militants' Firearms, Ammunition Handed Over to Nigerian Army

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... (

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Nigeria Police Arrest Alleged Arms Supplier in Delta

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... (

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Nigeria Charges Russian 'Gun Dealers' for Smuggling

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... (

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Ghanaian, Nigerian Suspects Caught Allegedly Smuggling Guns

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... (

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Trail of Bullet Casings Leads from Africa's Wars Back to Iran

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... (

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Russia Asks Nigeria to Release Alleged Gun, Ammo Smugglers

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... (

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United Kingdom,Nigeria,China

UK Gun Dealer Jailed for Unlicenced International Weapons Trading

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... (

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Nigeria NGOs Blame Illegal Guns for High Crime Rate

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... (

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Authorities Catch Gun Runners in Nigeria with Assault Weapons

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... (

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Nigeria Debates Relaxing Gun Laws for Civilians as Crime Rate Escalates

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... (

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China,England & Wales,Nigeria

UK Man Jailed for Smuggling Weapons, Ammo to Nigeria

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... (

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Call for Harsher Penalties, Enforcement for Gun Crime in 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... (

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46 Believed Shot Dead in Nigeria Massacre, Police Seize Bombs Nearby

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... (

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Nigeria Police Catch Smuggling Gang, Seize Assault Weapons, Ammo

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... (

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Germany to Provide €500,000 to Combat Illegal Small Arms in 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... (

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Nigeria Authorities Seize Assault Weapons, Over 1,000 Bullets from Sect

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... (

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Nigeria Doctors Call for More Liberal Gun Ownership

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"... (

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