MUST READ -HOW AL-QAEDA & BOKO HARAM SMUGGLE ARMS INTO NIGERIA

bokohProliferation of  small arms and light weapons is increasingly and dangerously becoming a transnational organized crime in Nigeria with Boko Haram’s insurgency, re-emerging Niger Delta crisis and escalating kidnapping, communal crises and armed robbery in the South East providing impetus for arms trafficking. Some border towns, particularly in the North Eastern flank, serve as a hub for trafficking of arms as well as stolen goods, drugs and hostages by criminals, terrorists and their collaborators. Similarly, many arms and ammunition of various types, sizes and calibre have been intercepted and confiscated by security agencies. The recurrent detection and recovery of cache of arms, ammunition and Improvised Explosive Device Materials by the Joint Task Force, JTF, further buttresses the point. Similarly, the occasional recovery of stolen goods and hard drugs from criminals and terrorists’ camps or hideouts is an indication that the illicit trade has been on the rise in recent times.

bokohhhOf concern is the discovery that despite the efforts of security agencies, the “merchants of death” continue to engage in arms trafficking/ trading through covert means largely aided and abetted by the porous nature of the Nigerian borders with Cameroon, Chad, and Niger. Recently, the Comptroller General of Nigerian Immigration Services stated that the Service had discovered hundreds of illegal routes in Nigeria that link or lead to some neighbouring African countries. Nigeria’s borders are massive with hundreds of footpaths crisscrossing to neighboring countries of Cameroon, Chad and Niger with links to Mali, Libya and Sudan.  From conservative estimate by locals, there are well over 250 footpaths from Damaturu/Maiduguri axis that link or lead direct to Cameroon, Chad or Niger. These paths, which are mostly unknown to security agencies, are unmanned, unprotected and have continued to serve as conveyor belts for arms and ammunitions trafficking into Nigeria.

bokoooooIt is disheartening and unfortunate that the “merchants of death” have since devised methods to beat security agencies at the borders, chief among them, through the footpaths. These methods include the use of camels, donkeys and cows to traffic arms, ammunition and drugs such as cocaine into Nigeria. The fact that the weapons are small, light and collapsible makes it easy to be concealed and moved on camels and donkeys’ back in a specially crafted skin or thatched bags mainly meant for the illegal “expedition” undetected. Similarly, some cows and grains merchants in the North- East sub – region of the country device  means of hiding cache of arms and ammunition in empty fuel tankers, vehicle engines and bags of grains.

boko jtfThe “grains” are transported in large number via trucks, trailers, lorries and old model pickup vans and jeeps with little attention given to them by security agents. The use of Jega type of tricycles ( KEKE-NAPEP) as well as camels, donkeys, and cows (moving in flocks) to deceive, hide and conveniently traffic arms in some parts of the North are ways hitherto unknown, not well exposed or documented. Their capacity for arms trafficking is beginning to be uncovered and is being curtailed by security agencies. The security situation in the JTF Operation RESTORE ORDER area of responsibility forced the task force to take on additional responsibility to trace sources of arms and ammunition to Boko Haram insurgents, how the arms are trafficked and are also taking measures to block them. This is one way of effectively checkmating terrorism in Nigeria – destroy its centre of gravity! And this seems to be a task that has so far proved difficult but necessary to be accomplished if the war against insurgency is to be effective and successful.

Boko-Haram-Islamic-sect-logoSimilarly, the Libyan and Malian rebels are desperate to exchange arms for money to Boko Haram terrorists, their financiers and collaborators as the sect has since been affiliated to Al-Qaida in the Maghreb. This has added to the overwhelming challenge of the influx of illegal aliens, arms, ammunitions and sophisticated IED materials into the country and an efficient and effective fight against terrorism. Additionally, the water ways/ seaports provide havens for arms trafficking through ships and speed boats on high seas and the use of canoes in the creeks. The exchange of stolen crude oil for arms/ ammunition is a well known “trading activity” nurtured and ferociously protected by militants or sea pirates and their financiers and collaborators with the possible connivance of unscrupulous law enforcement agents in the Niger Delta. This is one major source of arms and ammunition that strengthens militants’ arms and ammunition holding not only in the Niger Delta but also in the South East and South Western parts of the country

Subscribe for alerts& follow the BIGGEST Business Blog in Nigeria & fastest growing Entrepreneurial/Political blog in Africa daily
Follow me on Twitter- @udeozochibuzo
Email me- udeozochibuzo@yahoo.com
Become My friend on Facebook- udeozochibuzoConnect with me on LinkedIn-udeozochibuzo
Watch me on Youtube-udeozochibuzo
Check out my Blog daily- http://www.udeozochibuzo.wordpress.com
You can Follow UC-Blog via Email- Simple just enter your email address to follow UC-Blog and receive notifications of new posts by email instantly.
BE SOCIAL SHARE THIS POST WITH FAMILY & FRIENDS BY CLICKING ANY OF THE SOCIAL MEDIA ICON BELOW!!

Advertisements

About udeozochibuzo

ENTREPRENEURSHIP, INFORMATION, NEWS-POLITIC, BUSINESS
This entry was posted in Business and Investments. Bookmark the permalink.

31 Responses to MUST READ -HOW AL-QAEDA & BOKO HARAM SMUGGLE ARMS INTO NIGERIA

  1. Azubuike says:

    Hmmm! An eye opener indeed! Truth is these foot parts and other illegal routes are well known to security agencies problem is, designated authorities lack the political will to address it as it ought to be coz of corruption and other sentiment. The solution to Nigeria’s problem is change of VALUE SYSTEM.

  2. I\’ve had a lot of success with HomeBudget. It\’s perfect for a family because my wife and I can each have the app on our iPhones and sync our budget between both.

  3. Mint sounds like a great application! Is there anybody who has experience using this app? I\’m going to download it and check the reviews, but I just wanted to hear a positive review from somebody on this site

  4. Nice post. I learn something new and challenging on websites I stumbleupon everyday. It’s always useful to read articles from other writers and use something from their websites.

  5. Heya i am for the first time here. I found this board and I find It truly useful & it helped me out a lot. I hope to give something back and help others like you aided me. m21ws53u

  6. This design is steller! You certainly know how to keep a reader entertained. Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Fantastic job. I really loved what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented it. Too cool!

  7. Mateusz says:

    you got a very wonderful website, Gladiola I detected it through yahoo.

  8. The following time I read a weblog, I hope that it doesnt disappoint me as a great deal as this one particular. I mean, I know it was my alternative to understand, but I basically believed youd have one particular factor fascinating to say. All I hear is usually a bunch of whining about something which you’d repair any time you werent also busy in search of consideration.

  9. Studying this write-up the present of your time

  10. F*ckin’ tremendous issues here. I am very satisfied to look your post. Thanks so much and i’m having a look ahead to touch you. Will you kindly drop me a mail?

  11. Pingback: LIV On Sophia

  12. Thanks for the sensible critique. Me and my neighbor were just preparing to do some research on this. We got a grab a book from our area library but I think I learned more from this post. I’m very glad to see such fantastic info being shared freely out there.

  13. All other webmasters should take note: this can be what brilliant articles appear like! I can not wait to read much more of your function! Not only is it engaging, nevertheless it can also be well-written. Should you would reply having a link for your Facebook, I’d be really grateful!

  14. This may possibly be the proper weblog for anyone who wants to verify out this topic. You realize a terrific deal of its practically tricky to argue with you (not too I just would want…HaHa). You actually put a fresh spin on the subject thats been discussing for a long time. Good stuff, just wonderful!

  15. Howdy sir, you may have a really good website layout ,

  16. An interesting discussion may possibly be worth comment. I do think that you simply ought to write substantially additional about this subject, it may well unquestionably be a taboo subject but usually people are too few to communicate on such topics. But another. Cheers

  17. Hubert says:

    Howdy sir” you have a really nice blog layout ,

  18. Hey dude, what sort of wordpress theme are you currently working with? i want it to work with on my blog also “

  19. Pingback: gossip lanka mania

  20. You should take part in a contest for one of the most useful sites on the internet. I’m going to recommend this web site!

  21. Thank you for your blog post. Jones and I have been saving for a new guide on this theme and your article has made all of us to save all of our money. Your ideas really clarified all our concerns. In fact, above what we had known prior to when we came upon your great blog. I no longer nurture doubts and a troubled mind because you have attended to each of our needs in this article. Thanks

  22. An intriguing discussion is worth comment. I feel which you must write additional on this topic, it could not be a taboo topic but usually people today aren’t sufficient to speak on such topics. To the next. Cheers

  23. An intriguing discussion is worth comment. I feel which you must write additional on this topic, it could not be a taboo topic but usually people today aren’t sufficient to speak on such topics. To the next. Cheers

  24. Leona Strube says:

    I just want to say I’m all new to blogging and seriously savored you’re blog. Most likely I’m going to bookmark your website . You really come with perfect stories. Thanks for revealing your website page.

  25. inspiration says:

    Pretty great post. I simply stumbled upon your blog and wished to say that I’ve really loved surfing around your blog posts. After all I will be subscribing in your rss feed and I’m hoping you write once more very soon!

  26. Chuks Ebube says:

    This site is informative. About the insurgency in Nigeria,I think it is time for the government to take a bold step to reslove this before it becomes uncontrollable. Am sure, it will lead to another great civil war if the spate of wordings from acclaimed militant leaders like Asari Dokubo are not silent. This is why SNC is important. Or, what do you think?

    • i totally agree with you, the Nigerian Government is really taking this lightly- government should move to crush these murders before they are fully armed and uncontrollable

Leave a Comment or a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s