The Impact of Proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons on Nigeria’s National Security: A Case Study of Kogi State (2015-2018)

  • Abdulkadir Tukur Kaduna State University, Nigeria
  • Kamar Hamza Kaduna State University, Nigeria
  • Ibrahim Rabiu Kaduna State University, Nigeria

Abstract

This study examined the impact of proliferation of small arms and light weapons on Nigeria’s National security, with specific focus on Kogi State (2015-2018). This study investigated the impact of proliferation of small arms and light weapons on security wellbeing of Kogi State. Survey research design was used for this study. Both primary and secondary sources were used for the collection of data. Simple percentage and frequency were used for the presentation and analysis of data collected from the field. The article argued that the availability and use of illegal arms increases the frequency of violence in Kogi State of Nigeria which results in the destruction of lives and properties. It is important for the government to check the spate of conflicts in the state or else street gangs, lawlessness individuals would create condition for anarchy in Nigeria. Government‘s monopoly of arms and the security forces would be overwhelmed and unorganized groups and armed militias will constitute threat to the development of citizens of not only Kogi State But Nigeria as a whole.


Keywords: Small Arms, Light Weapons, Proliferation, National Security

Published
2021-01-17
How to Cite
TUKUR, Abdulkadir; HAMZA, Kamar; RABIU, Ibrahim. The Impact of Proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons on Nigeria’s National Security: A Case Study of Kogi State (2015-2018). KIU Journal of Social Sciences, [S.l.], v. 6, n. 4, p. 51-66, jan. 2021. ISSN 2519-0474. Available at: <https://www.ijhumas.com/ojs/index.php/kiujoss/article/view/1079>. Date accessed: 12 apr. 2024.