An Empirical Assessment of Small Arms and Light Weapons Proliferation and Insecurity in Nigeria’s Fourth Republic
1Vincent Eseoghene Efebeh, Ph.D
The study examined the impact of small arms and light weapons proliferation on insecurity in Nigeria’s fourth republic. A cross sectional research design method was adopted and data was collected via a survey of three hundred (300) respondents in South-South geopolitical zone of Nigeria using non-probability sampling technique. Data collected were analyzed using correlation and linear regression analysis with the aid of Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS) version 23. The findings of the study revealed that there is significant and positive relationship between small arms and light weapons proliferation and insecurity in Nigeria ’s fourth republic. As predicted, the study also revealed that small arms and light weapons proliferation exerts a positive and statistically significant impact on insecurity in Nigeria’s fourth republic. On the basis of these findings, the study recommends among others a thorough overhauling of laws regulating small arms and light weapons in Nigeria.
Insecurity, small arms, light weapons, proliferation, Nigeria state