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Nigeria: Violence

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 168069, tabled on 24 July 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information he holds on the means by which Fulani herders in Nigeria come into possession of sophisticated weaponry.

Answered on

10 September 2018

We assess that where sophisticated weaponry is being used by Fulani herders and others in Nigeria, it is frequently acquired by illicit means. We do not have evidence of the source of the weaponry being used, which varies widely. Our assessment is that it is a combination of items manufactured locally, transported from other parts of Nigeria, or smuggled in from other countries.