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Greener Journal of  Social Sciences Vol. 2 (5), pp. 173-178, November 2012

  ISSN: 2276-7800 © 2011 GJSS

Research Paper

Manuscript Number:110112188

Socio-Political and Economic Development under Threat: The Proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons in Nigeria

Toyin Cotties Adetiba

Faculty of Management and Commerce, University of Fort Hare, Private Bag X1314, Alice 5700, South Africa. 

Corresponding Author’s E-mail: toyinwunmi2000 @


All over the world the extensive availability and use of SALW are associated with insecurity, as well as the primary source of deaths and injuries in wars and internal conflicts. Large accumulations and free flows of SALW in Nigeria have destabilized political processes, intensified and prolonged insurgence and contributed to banditry, crime and violence. They are more widely traded and held, both legally and illegally, by non-state groups, bandits, criminals and ordinary citizens, hence their availability for every sort of violent conflict, communal hostilities, criminal activity and violence. Its availability no doubt has become a threat to established socio-political and economic mechanisms for development.

Keywords: Small arms, Light weapons, Insurgence, Development, Militias

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