Nigeria produces most of W/Africa’s illegal weapons – Army Reviewed by Momizat on . The Nigerian Army on Saturday stated that 70 per cent of the 10 million illegal weapons in West African are produced in Nigeria. The Chief of Army Standards and The Nigerian Army on Saturday stated that 70 per cent of the 10 million illegal weapons in West African are produced in Nigeria. The Chief of Army Standards and Rating:
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Nigeria produces most of W/Africa’s illegal weapons – Army

The Nigerian Army on Saturday stated that 70 per cent of the 10 million illegal weapons in West African are produced in Nigeria.

The Chief of Army Standards and Evaluation, Major-General Shehu Abdulkadir, gave the figure in his paper entitled, ‘The challenges of internal security and implications for national development’ at the 7th annual Ramadan lecture of Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria in Abuja.

Abdulkadir said, “Out of approximately 500 million illicit weapons in circulation worldwide in 2004, it was estimated that about 100 million are in sub-Saharan Africa, with eight to 10 million concentrated in the West African sub-region. Regrettably, more than half of these Small Arms and Light Weapons are in the hands of non-state actors and criminal groups.

“Nigeria is both a producer and consumer of SALW in the West African sub-region. Although it is difficult to determine the exact quantity of illegal SALW circulating within or penetrating into Nigeria, it is estimated that over 70 per cent of eight to 10 million illegal weapons in West Africa are in Nigeria.”

The army chief also decried the fact that access to illegal weapons made criminals and militants bolder when facing security agents, which made it more difficult to fight them.

He described security management as “a very expensive venture,” adding that the Federal Government had to spread resources among competing needs and that the Armed Forces had to manage scarce resources to carry out their duties.

He, however, stated that the government, in recent times, had increased funding to the security sector, which would go a long way in alleviating the problem of resources.

Also, the lecture, Mr. Nurudeen Abdulmalik challenged the Federal Government to find lasting solutions to the multifaceted problems bedevilling the nation.

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  • onuigbo

    What General Shehu did not say is that Nigerian security agencies including the Armed forces, is that tracing the source of local made guns was never and is not a priority. No Nigerian agency has arrested anybody carrying home made weapon. Otherwise, they should provide the data, state by state. Nigerians worry about guns only during election time. Most local weapons we see are as a result of arrest of criminals being displayed. The security agencies do not have specific number of their members assigned to look for, investigate, arrest manufactures of local weapons, state by state. Division of duty within agencies will enable governments where money is being spent and identify areas of need. Government can not just give you money to go and spend, money available so far are being traced into the pockets of heads of these agencies.That is why the millionaires in Nigeria are civil servants. Available funds are not used for what they were budgeted for.

  • KEZIE_ESQ

    @onuigbo I agree with you…the problem is traceable to the corruption that pervades the length and breadth of the modern day Nigeria. The Nigeria Army is not in any way exempted from my list of corrupt “agencies” and must first cleanse its house because it cannot be said with certainty that they are not complicit in the proliferation of SALW in West Africa.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RSGBSMJA3QKI4U6WM5GU7XVFHU Donatus

    AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED ABDULKADIR HAS NOT DONE ANY RESEARCH WORK. IT IS NOT JUST  ENOUGH FOR HIM TO OPEN HIS  MOUTH AND TALK BLARR BLARR BLARR IN THE NAME OF LETURE,OR FOR HIM TO BE HEARD. I EXPECTED HIM  AS A SECURITY OFFICER  TO GIVE SOME RECOMMENDATIONS AFTER HIS FINDINGS. WHERE ARE  HIS RECOMMENDATIONS OR SOLUTIONS TO HIS FINDINGS ?

  • warri3000warri3000

    As far as am concern there’re no documented stats/data by any FG funded agency available to back d general’s claim besides how did d general arrived at his figures ? U don’t use world-wide data 4 local purpose. Every nation is suppose to have a monitoring system to get a close estimate of d amount of SALW in circulation but unfortunately that is not d case with Nigeria. Also, d generals claim as used in d headline is wrong, Nigeria is not a producer of SALW. SALW’s are automatic & semi-automatic weapons & these are not produced in Nigeria but smuggled in. Because they transit thru Nigeria don’t make her a producer of these weapons!

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