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Weapons used in banditry and killings in Nigeria traced to Cote d’Ivoire, Libya, Turkey and Iraq

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A new report by the Conflict Armament Research group reveals that weapons used for banditry, killings and violence in Nigeria were moved from Cote d’Ivoire, Libya and Turkey.

According to the report, some of the weapons used in killing thousands of Nigerians were linked to trafficking cartels in Libya and Turkey.

The group noted that since 2014, 3,600 persons had been killed and 300,000 displaced by bandits using these weapons in Nigeria.

“Weapons that Conflict Armament Research documented during field operations in three northern Nigerian states have commonallities with small arms previously in service with national defence forces in Côte d’Ivoire and with weapons that CAR has documented in Libya,” the group revealed in the report.

It further noted that some of the weapons used for attacks in some northern states like Kaduna, Katsina, and Zamfara includes Iraqi assault rifles manufactured in 1987.

“Predictably, given widespread weapon diversion from many governments in the region, CAR has traced four weapons in the data set to the stockpiles of Nigerian defence and security forces.”

“Nigerian-manufactured small-calibre ammunition—including cartridges manufactured as recently as 2014—is the second-most prevalent type of ammunition in this data set,” the group report reveals (as seen on The Punch).

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