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Benin,Nigeria,Ghana

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... (GunPolicy.org)

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Benin,Gabon

Smuggled Bullets Undo Gabon-Benin Arms Trafficking Ring [Fr]

29 June 2009

Fraternité (Cotonou)

COTONOU, Benin — [Translated summary: A boat captain and a Benin resident have been arrested for trafficking in arms, after a local received a package of ammunition shipped from Libreville, Gabon.] Les armes circulent au Bénin. Et ceci, au nez et à la barbe des forces de sécurité publique. La preuve, le Quai C du port de Cotonou semble devenir la plaque tournante du trafic d'armes. Et un réseau de trafiquants qui défie le renforcement de la sécurité portuaire... (GunPolicy.org)

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Benin

Poverty, Gun Trafficking, Home Made Guns Fuel Armed Crime in Benin

3 January 2009

Punch (Lagos)

Rise in violent crimes threaten to further impoverish Benin by choking off small businesses, according to law enforcement and arms control officials. Police in Benin's economic capital, Cotonou, link this year's rise in armed robbery and violent crimes to small arms trafficking and the growing desperation of people who can no longer afford their basic needs. In the past two months, no fewer than seven people have died while dozens were seriously injured in a series... (GunPolicy.org)

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Benin,West Africa

West African Neighbours Urge Benin to Ratify Gun Trafficking Convention

11 July 2007

Nigerian Tribune (Ibadan)

An Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) team has gone to Cotonou, Benin Republic, on a two-day mission to seek the ratification of the convention on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW). The mission held consultations with stakeholders in government, including the Presidency, the National Assembly, civil society groups and the media. The consultations are aimed at finding ways of hastening the ratification of the convention by the National Assembly. A... (GunPolicy.org)

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Nigeria,Benin

West Africa to Curb Import of Small Arms

20 July 2001

Dawn (Karachi)

LAGOS — Nigeria and Benin Republic have agreed to discuss stringent measures to control the import of small arms and cross border banditry, according to a police spokesperson. Haz Iwendi, Nigeria's law enforcement spokesperson, says "police officers from Benin Republic will travel to Nigeria for talks in a fortnight. The meeting follows a visit to Benin Republic by the Inspector General of Police recently." The meeting comes in the wake of the growing concern among... (GunPolicy.org)

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