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UN: Nigeria Accounts For 70% Of 500m Illicit Weapons In West Africa by Descartes: 9:23pm On Aug 02, 2016
The United Nations has raised alarm over the illicit proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) in Nigeria with over 350 million or 70 per cent of an estimated 500 million of such weapons said to be circulating in West Africa be in the country.

The director of United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC), Olatokunbo Ige, gave this statistics at the ongoing National Consultation on Physical Security and Stockpile Management (PSSM) in Abuja, organised by the Agency and Presidential Committee on Smalls Arms and Light Weapons (PRESCOM).

Ms. Ige said the country is awash with illicit weapons, which have found its way into unauthorised hands on non-state actors that are threatening the existence of the country, as well lives and properties of the people.

“The illicit proliferation of SALW has had a dramatic impact on peace and security in Africa, threatening not only the existence of the state, but also the livelihoods of millions of people across the continent,” she said.

“Nigerian is one of the countries that is experiencing some of the most devastating effects of the proliferation of SALW as a result of spillover effect of the recent crises in Libya, and Mali as well as unresolved internal conflicts in different parts of the country especially in the North East, Niger Delta and Southern regions.

“While reliable data on the numbers of these weapons circulating freely in the country is unavailable, analysts have in recent times estimated that of the about 500 million weapons that may be circulating in West Africa in 2010, some 70 per cent of these could be found in Nigeria,” she added.

She warned that “as alarming as these figures seem, it is very clear that if left unchecked, this scourge will not only jeopardise the developmental gains achieved over the last 50 years, but will also impede the nation’s capacity to achieve its developmental targets and therefore, negatively impact on the future generations”.

According to Ms. Ige, this has highlighted, more than ever before the critical need not only to control the flow of arms in the non-state sector, but also the state owned actors through the effective management of the armoury and weapon stockpiles.

“It is widely acknowledged that one of the major factors contributing to the illicit proliferation of arms is the ineffective stockpile management,” she noted.

The UNREC boss stressed that unsecured stocks and ineffectively managed stockpiles are a major contributing factor to the trafficking and diversion of arms into the illicit market and their subsequent flow to the terrorists and other criminal groups like Boko Haram and Niger Delta militants.

She said that part of the activities programmed under the PSSM in the Sahel project in the context of the UN and European Union (EU) is to support security and stability in the region.

Ms. Ige explained that the project, which is funded by the EU, has been developed jointly by the United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) for the benefit of the six Sahel countries of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Nigeria.

“This project aims to support states in the region to prevent diversion and trafficking of SALW and their ammunition, by improving the PSSM of national stockpiles,” she stated.

Also speaking, the Chairman of PRESCOM, Emmanuel Imohe, said Nigeria’s Firearms law was obsolete and ineffective in the face of the 21st century security challenges.

Imohe said that PRESCOM has to generate a new document in collaboration with relevant agencies for over six months to come out with a repeal of the firearms bill that is yet to be attended at the National Assembly.

He said: “The 1959 Firearms Act is obsolete and using the 1959 law to tackle the 21st century security challenges is ineffective.”



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Re: UN: Nigeria Accounts For 70% Of 500m Illicit Weapons In West Africa by Sunofgod(m): 9:29pm On Aug 02, 2016
Who supplied the arms?

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Re: UN: Nigeria Accounts For 70% Of 500m Illicit Weapons In West Africa by ikbnice(m): 9:37pm On Aug 02, 2016
They are selling it to us and keeping record of it. No wonder there is unrest nearly everywhere.

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Re: UN: Nigeria Accounts For 70% Of 500m Illicit Weapons In West Africa by GlorifiedTunde(m): 9:40pm On Aug 02, 2016
Of the 70%

South West: 1%

North Central : 1%

North East: 42%


North West: 1.5%

South East: 4.5%

South South: 50%

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Re: UN: Nigeria Accounts For 70% Of 500m Illicit Weapons In West Africa by yanabasee(m): 9:51pm On Aug 02, 2016
I don't think that the poorly managed stockpiles of the weaponry has any link of diversion of weapons to the NDA... Those guys are professionals and their weapons aren't the normal Naija AK45...with wood edge...

Again..... Who's been diverting these weapons to the terrorists? Isn't this another form of corruption? I thought the Afonjas said with the Dauran president that there will be no iota of corruption again in this godforsaken country....

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Re: UN: Nigeria Accounts For 70% Of 500m Illicit Weapons In West Africa by Nobody: 10:08pm On Aug 02, 2016
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Re: UN: Nigeria Accounts For 70% Of 500m Illicit Weapons In West Africa by Nobody: 10:08pm On Aug 02, 2016
Nigerians should be allowed to own small arms to protect ourselves since our security agencies are failing us

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Re: UN: Nigeria Accounts For 70% Of 500m Illicit Weapons In West Africa by buharisbae(f): 10:23pm On Aug 02, 2016
iPads and NDA are responsible and Fulani too grin

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Re: UN: Nigeria Accounts For 70% Of 500m Illicit Weapons In West Africa by SylarsMcQuins: 8:22am On Aug 03, 2016
I doubt the authenticity of this news, small weapons they say.

I doubt if this is correct
Re: UN: Nigeria Accounts For 70% Of 500m Illicit Weapons In West Africa by herzern(m): 8:22am On Aug 03, 2016
Re: UN: Nigeria Accounts For 70% Of 500m Illicit Weapons In West Africa by brownjulie(f): 8:23am On Aug 03, 2016
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Re: UN: Nigeria Accounts For 70% Of 500m Illicit Weapons In West Africa by herzern(m): 8:23am On Aug 03, 2016
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Re: UN: Nigeria Accounts For 70% Of 500m Illicit Weapons In West Africa by SylarsMcQuins: 8:23am On Aug 03, 2016
nwanna89:
Nigerians should be allowed to own small arms to protect ourselves since our security agencies are failing us

U need egbe?

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Re: UN: Nigeria Accounts For 70% Of 500m Illicit Weapons In West Africa by MadCow1: 8:24am On Aug 03, 2016
Lies..


70% is outrageous..


What about War torn nations like Mali, Sierra leone and Liberia and co?


350 Million illegal weapons in a Nation of 160 Million people would be hard to hide. That means each person should have almost 2 guns each.

I don't believe this for one day.

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Re: UN: Nigeria Accounts For 70% Of 500m Illicit Weapons In West Africa by SylarsMcQuins: 8:24am On Aug 03, 2016
brownjulie:
K
K for?
Re: UN: Nigeria Accounts For 70% Of 500m Illicit Weapons In West Africa by Nobody: 8:25am On Aug 03, 2016
With all this weapons in naija hw peace Wan take com dey na. Mtcheww I don even tire for this naija sef

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Re: UN: Nigeria Accounts For 70% Of 500m Illicit Weapons In West Africa by Nobody: 8:26am On Aug 03, 2016
NOW BLAMING NIGERIA? ARE THEY (UN) NOT INDIRECTLY BEHIND IT TOO ?NO THANKS TO USA AND HER ALLIES FOR DESTABILIZING GADDAFI'S GOVERNMENT

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Re: UN: Nigeria Accounts For 70% Of 500m Illicit Weapons In West Africa by Descartes: 8:26am On Aug 03, 2016
“It is widely acknowledged that one of the major factors contributing to the illicit proliferation of arms is the ineffective stockpile management,” she noted.

Hmmmm
Re: UN: Nigeria Accounts For 70% Of 500m Illicit Weapons In West Africa by holluwai(m): 8:29am On Aug 03, 2016
And me I no get gun for house o
Re: UN: Nigeria Accounts For 70% Of 500m Illicit Weapons In West Africa by Femich18(m): 8:29am On Aug 03, 2016
Hmmmm... I Blame the SS and the SE for this, they promised to bring the economy to a Zero level as if Naxo e easy...Bunch of jobless youths fighting for their pockets...Boko boys are partly included, those ones are just group of brain-washed religious bigots.
May God help us in this country
Re: UN: Nigeria Accounts For 70% Of 500m Illicit Weapons In West Africa by looseweight: 8:29am On Aug 03, 2016
Not too good news

IAMLOOSEWEIGHT
Re: UN: Nigeria Accounts For 70% Of 500m Illicit Weapons In West Africa by igwegeorgiano(m): 8:30am On Aug 03, 2016
Sunofgod:
Who supplied the arms?
and how come they classified them as "illicit? Nigeria is a sovereign nation with bokoharam and niger delta millitants as citizens so they should mind their biz. nigeria my dearie kwantry i hail thee
Re: UN: Nigeria Accounts For 70% Of 500m Illicit Weapons In West Africa by kings09(m): 8:30am On Aug 03, 2016
God help us.
Re: UN: Nigeria Accounts For 70% Of 500m Illicit Weapons In West Africa by Olalan(m): 8:30am On Aug 03, 2016
Thanks to our porous borders and corrupt security system weapons easily find their way into the country.
Re: UN: Nigeria Accounts For 70% Of 500m Illicit Weapons In West Africa by adewumiopeyemi(m): 8:30am On Aug 03, 2016
cool cool cool
Re: UN: Nigeria Accounts For 70% Of 500m Illicit Weapons In West Africa by Nobody: 8:31am On Aug 03, 2016
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GlorifiedTunde:
Of the 70%
South West: 1%
North Central : 1%

North East: 42%

North West: 1.5%
South East: 4.5%

South South: 50%

.

Guy no dey fall my hand na.


From your calculation, the remaining 2 percent from the total percentage of the acclaim 70 percent, say na your house e deygrin

Abeg do the calculation well and do not forget to check signature

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Re: UN: Nigeria Accounts For 70% Of 500m Illicit Weapons In West Africa by labamo07(m): 8:31am On Aug 03, 2016
70% kwa? And we ain't fighting civil war? FG sef admitted the NDA are using sophisticated weapons and who is supplying them?
Re: UN: Nigeria Accounts For 70% Of 500m Illicit Weapons In West Africa by Pavore9: 8:32am On Aug 03, 2016
Na we be their senior brother nah! cheesy cheesy cheesy
Re: UN: Nigeria Accounts For 70% Of 500m Illicit Weapons In West Africa by NameChecker: 8:32am On Aug 03, 2016
ok
Re: UN: Nigeria Accounts For 70% Of 500m Illicit Weapons In West Africa by Lanretoye(m): 8:33am On Aug 03, 2016
avengers = 29%
boko haram = 35%
ipob = 5%
OPC = 1%

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