Quick one here from the always informative Beeg Eagle. After having just learned of a ‘State of Emergency’ being declared (14 05 13) in Northern Nigeria, my mouse pointer drifted back to this article which I had promised myself to read a few days ago. It could be longer but if you can tell me that you didn’t learn something from this then…fair enough
May 11, 2013
Proliferation of small arms and light weapons is increasingly and dangerously becoming a transnational organized crime in Nigeria with Boko Haram’s insurgency, re-emerging Niger Delta crisis and escalating kidnapping, communal crises and armed robbery in the South East providing impetus for arms trafficking.
Some border towns,particularly in the North Eastern flank, serve as a hub for trafficking of arms as well as stolen goods,drugs and hostages by criminals, terrorists and their collaborators. The recent kidnap of a French family at a border town between Nigeria and Cameroon is an example.
Similarly, many arms and ammunition of various types, sizes and calibre have been intercepted and confiscated by security agencies. There current detection and recovery of cache of arms, ammunition and Improvised Explosive Device materials by the Joint Task Force, JTF, further buttresses the point.Similarly, the occasional recovery of stolen…
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