Customs Uncovers Nigerian Arms Syndicate In Turkey
The Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Thursday said that it had uncovered a Nigerian syndicate in Turkey involved in illegal arms imports just as the Federal Government and the Turkish government are meeting today in Abuja to find a lasting solution to the incessant arms imports from the European country.
Disclosing this in Lagos, Comptroller-General of the Service, Col. Hammed Ali, and (Rtd) said that the importer of the arms has been identified as Great James Oil and Gas Limited.
Ali also said that all Customs Area Comptrollers have been put on red alert at all entry points into the country which includes the airports, seaport and border posts. He said that the agency was also collaborating with the Directorate of State Service, DSS, and the Nigerian Intelligence Agency, NIA to nip the menace at the bud.
“Now that Tin-Can Island port has become a hot spot for arms smuggling, these criminals will move elsewhere and we must be at alert”.
He added The Customs boss also disclosed that has also developed a profile to conduct a hundred percent examination of any container coming from Turkey adding The container was subjected to 100 percent examination and the result is what you are seeing here on the ground.
According the Comptroller General of Customs, the vessel that brought in the container that brought the dangerous cargo is ‘M. V Arkas Africa owned by Hull Blyth shipping company. He noted that 70 to 80 percent of imported cargoes are under declared that is why we resort to 100 percent examination.
“Our findings have shown that this dastardly act is being committed by Nigerians and there are syndicates in Turkey that are manifesting this.
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