MIGRANTS AND THE PROLIFERATION OF SMALL ARMS AND LIGHT WEAPONS IN THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES: A STUDY OF NORTH-EASTERN NIGERIA SINCE 1999

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Theophilus Oyime Adejumo
Owa Egbara Owa
Ojie Abang Peter

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This study examines the effects of the proliferation of SALWs on the security of the Nigerian state. Although this issue has seldom been tackled in regular or academic literature, it reflects the author’s keen awareness that, in an era of globalization, migrants have been identified as important agents in the proliferation of SALWs into third-world countries. The paper seeks to provide an insight into the socio-economic and political variables operating in the source and destination of such movements, with particular emphasis on migrants and arms proliferation. The study uses the qualitative approach for data analysis, it relies on upon, data gathered through secondary sources, and is reinforced with the argument on the liberal theoretical framework of analysis. The paper concludes that, while weapons play a significant role in intensifying conflict that exerts enormous human and economic costs, the causes of such conflicts lie in political, economic, ethnic, and religious differences and disparities. Finally, the paper looks at the appropriateness of examining the full implications of SALWs as a border management theme and the role of complementary measures for facilitating border control.

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Adejumo, T. O. ., Owa, O. E. ., & Abang Peter, O. . (2021). MIGRANTS AND THE PROLIFERATION OF SMALL ARMS AND LIGHT WEAPONS IN THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES: A STUDY OF NORTH-EASTERN NIGERIA SINCE 1999. Journal of Liberty and International Affairs, 7(3), 196-217. https://doi.org/10.47305/JLIA2137196a
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Theophilus Oyime Adejumo, Department of Political Science at the University of Calabar, Nigeria

Dr. Theophilus, Oyime Adejumo is a native of Ososo in Akoko-Edo via Igarra, Edo State, Nigeria. he holds a National Diploma (ND); Bachelor of Science Degree (B.Sc); Hon. In Policy and Administrative Studies; Master of Science Degree (M.Sc); International Relations, and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) (with Specialization in Peace and Conflict Studies, International Relations, Int’l Economic Relations and Int’l Organization) from the University of Calabar, Calabar. Dr. Theophilus is currently a lecturer at the Department of Political Science at the University of Calabar, Calabar. He has several scholarly articles which have expanded the frontier of knowledge. He is a member of Many Local and International Academic Associations, including the Nigeria Political Science Association and Society for Peace Studies.

Owa Egbara Owa, Department of Political Science at the University of Calabar, Nigeria

Dr. Owa Ebara Owa is a native of Owakande town in Obubra Local Government Area of Cross River State. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy Degree (Ph.D) in Political Science, specializing in International Relations and Strategic Studies from Ebonyi State University, Abakiliki; Master of Science Degree (M.Sc) in International Relations and Strategic Studies from the University of Uyo; Bachelors of Science Degree (B.Sc:Ed) in Political Science from the University of Calabar; Bachelors of Laws Degree (LLB) from the University of Calabar; BL from Nigeria Law School; Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) from College of Education, Akamkpa in Cross River State. Dr. Owa is currently a lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the University of Calabar. He is an author of a book and has published several scholarly journal articles in both domestic and international journals. He is a member of the Nigerian Political Science Associate (NPSA); Teachers Registration Council (TRCN); Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).

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