International Journal of Business & Law Research 3(1):1-14, Jan-Mar 2015

(ISSN: 2360-8986)



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CONTEXTUALIZING THE PROLIFERATION OF SMALL ARMS AND LIGHT WEAPONS IN NIGERIA: THE UNTOLD STORY


Ibrahim ABDULLAHI (FRHD), LL.B, BL, LLM, PhD.
Faculty of Law,
Department of Private and Business Law,
Usmanu Dan Fodio University, Sokoto, Nigeria
E-mail- extrapage2014@gmail.com

ABSTRACT
Small Arms and Light Weapons are becoming endemic in Nigeria and the rate of accumulation is increasing with their concomitant destabilizing effect. This article focuses on small arms and light weapons in Nigeria by looking at the intersection that have fuelled the demand for small arms and light weapons in Nigeria within the context of the interplay between the internal governance process and external forces and the legal regime for combating SALW proliferation and on how best to improve same and concludes that a successful of SALW syndrome in Nigeria requires a holistic approach that addresses the underlying factors creating the demands for SALW and the sources of supply, rather than treating the SALW problem as an independent or a compartmentalized issue.
Key Words: small arms and light weapons, Penal and Criminal Codes, human rights, disarmament