Over 500 Civilian Weapons Seized In Nigeria

As many as 500 illegal firearms have been confiscated by Nigerian soldiers in the central state of Plateau.




On Thursday, a military officer in Jos, the state capital, handed over 517 weapons, including AK-47s, handguns, and locally produced weaponry.



A military official told the BBC that they were taken from criminals, including armed robbery and abduction gangs, over the past two years.



Other sections of Bauchi and Kaduna state were also raided. Several others were also detained.



About 90% of Nigeria’s 6.5 million small arms and light weapons were in the hands of non-state actors last year, according to some estimates.



As a result, observers argue, the country’s disputes are more difficult to deal with.



Although individuals have been caught with these weapons in Nigeria, authorities say they are now working to recover them and limit their spread.



Bandits and Islamist insurgencies are killing and kidnapping people for ransom, and the country’s security forces are unable to keep up with the rising tide of violence.



Thousands of people have been killed and displaced by gang violence in the previous two decades in the Plateau state, which has been plagued by periodic communal clashes.



According to the BBC.

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