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A REFLECTION OF SECURITY IMPLICATIONS OF SMALL ARMS AND LIGHT WEAPONS PROLIFERATION IN NORTH CENTRAL NIGERIA
The security implications of small arms and light weapons proliferation is one of the greatest threats to human and resources the North Central Nigeria is confronted with in recent times. The phenomenon has become the basis for incessant crises and killings in North Central Nigeria. In this discourse, attempt is made to understand the security implications of small arms and light weapons proliferation in the zone using the conflict theoretical framework. The paper identified the causative factors of small arms and light weapons in North Central Nigeria. The implications of the trend revolve around killings and destruction of both economic and social activities in North Central Nigeria. The paper concludes that the security implication of small arms and light weapons in this zone should be vigorously investigated to identify the perpetrators of this heinous crime. The paper recommends that, federal government in collaboration with national assembly and non-governmental organizations should strengthen legislation and control for the possession, use and transfer of small arms and light weapons in North Central Nigeria. The government should ensure that all the culprits involved in this heinous crime should be punished.
Keywords: Reflection, Security Implications, Small Arms, Weapons Proliferation, North Central Nigeria.