March 24, 2017

Arms smuggling: 2 customs officers declared wanted

Arms smuggling: 2 customs officers declared wanted

Two officers of the Nigeria Customs Service who allegedly examined and cleared the ammunition-laden container at the Apapa port, Lagos State, have been declared wanted.

Our correspondent learnt on Tuesday that the officers, Abdullahi I, with service number 44483 ASC, and Odiba Haruna Inah, with service number 133386, fled after the weapons were uncovered by the operatives of the Federal Operations Unit, Zone A, Ikeja.

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The Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (retd.), had said the agency arrested three suspects – Oscar Okafor (importer), Mahmud Hassan (clearing agent) and Sadique Mustapha (escort) – in connection with the arms smuggling.

He had explained that some other customs officers were arrested, adding that investigations were ongoing.

However, the spokesperson for the FOU, Jerry Attah, told our correspondent on Tuesday that the suspects were cooperating, saying the two officers were declared wanted for their roles in the incident. He said, “Immediately the weapons were uncovered, they took to their heels and that is why we are declaring them wanted. They were the ones that examined and checked the container at the Apapa port. Read more 

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