Citation(s) from the GunPolicy.org literature library
Nigeria. 2016 ‘Manufacture.’ National Report of Nigeria on its Implementation of the United Nations Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (UNPoA); Section 2, p. 4. New York NY: Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations. 1 January
Section 2: Manufacture
4. Are there any SALW manufactured in your country? YES
National SALW manufacturing capacity is housed within the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON). Established in 1964, DICON's aim is to produce SALW and ammunition for the national armed services. In addition, artisanal (craft) production of weapons takes place in Nigeria, which is essentially illegal because it is criminalised by the country's constitution.
4.1. Does your country have laws, regulations and/or administrative procedures to exercise effective control over the manufacture of SALW? YES
4.1.1. List laws, regulations and/or administrative procedures regulating the manufacture of SALW in your country:
- Firearms Act 1959;
- Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria Act 1964…
4.1.2. Does your country license the manufacture of SALW? YES…
Part VII, section 28(1)(a)(iv) of the existing Firearms Act 1959 makes it a criminal offence to manufacture, assemble, or repair firearms and ammunition without a permit. This carries a minimum 10 year sentence.
Under section 44 of the (new) draft Firearms Bill (forthcoming), the offence of illegal manufacture carries a minimum 25 year sentence.
[SALW = Small Arms and Light Weapons]