High-ranking Customs officers declared wanted over importation of guns

Investigations as to how a container load of sophisticated pump action weapons sneaked past the Nigerian Customs service and borders have begun.

Preliminary investigations by the Nigerian Customs show that two senior officers facilitated the deal.

They’ve been so far declared wanted over the importation of 661 pump-action rifles into the country.

The arms, which were intercepted at the Lagos port, were concealed with steel doors and other goods.

The wanted officers are Abdulahi, I, an assistant superintendent of customs (ASC), with service number 44483.

The other officer is ACIC Odiba Inah, with service number 133386.

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The Nigerian Customs alert said the officers should be arrested wherever they are seen.

The Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ali disclosed how the consignment was intercepted in Lagos.

The weapons were concealed in a Mac truck with registration number BUG 265 XG conveying a 40ft container with the number; PONU/825914/3.

Mr. Ali said the rifles were under absolute prohibition, adding that its importation was illegal.

“Such deadly contravention of the law is unacceptable considering the fragile security situation in the country.

“Already, three suspects have been arrested in connection with this illegal importation,” Ali said.

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The suspects are Oscan Okafor (an importer), Mahmud Haruna (a clearing agent), and Sadique Mustapha.

Mr. Ali said initially the consignment was said to have originated from Turkey.

After proper vetting, it was discovered to have originated from China.

He said some officers who were involved in the clearance of the containers were already in held custody.

Mr. Ali said the seizure underscored the determination of the service to enforce all laws relating to importation.