How Arms Proliferation Fuels Insecurity In Nigeria

Despite efforts by security forces, violent crimes are on the hike pointing to the availability of small and light weapons in the country. Experts attribute…

Despite efforts by security forces, violent crimes are on the hike pointing to the availability of small and light weapons in the country. Experts attribute this trend to large unmanned borders.

The proliferation of arms, occasioned by illegal and porous borders and the booming business of gun-running, is fuelling Nigeria’s security challenges, giving rise to criminal activities across the country.

Investigations by Daily Trust show a spike in cases of banditry, kidnapping, ethnic conflicts, cult clashes, among others, with perpetrators relying on increased availability of small arms, according to experts.

Nigeria occupies an area of 923,768 square kilometers, extending to 1,127 km east-west and 1,046 km north-south. It is bordered by Chad on the north-east, Cameroon on the east, the Gulf of Guinea on the south, the Benin Republic on the west, and Niger on the north-west.

With a total boundary length of 4,900 km, of which 853 km is the coastline, the country’s borders with Benin and Chad are 773km and 87km long respectively, while those with Niger and Cameroon span 1, 497km and 1 690km respectively.

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