ARMY ARRESTS TELECOMMS ENGINEER FOR MANUFACTURING WEAPONS IN BENUE

Troops of Operation Whirl Stroke (OPWS) in Benue state on Monday paraded a telecommunication engineer and one other person for allegedly manufacturing illegal weapons around the border community of Benue and Taraba states. The Force Commander of OPWS, Major General Adeyemi Yekini, told newsmen while parading the suspects at the Operations headquarters in NAF Tactical Command, Makurdi that the troop received information about the weapon manufacturers five weeks ago. Yekini said that after four weeks of intensive surveillance of the particular area in Aniyin in Logo local government area of…

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SOLDIERS INVADE KANU’S HOME IN SEARCH OF ARMS

Prince Emmanuel Kanu, the younger brother of the Leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra ( IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has alleged that soldiers have again invaded their Afaraukwu Umuahia family home and carted away some household items. Prince Kanu said that the invasion by the soldiers took place on Sunday afternoon. He accused the invaders of looting the palace and making away with such items as television, generating sets, clothes among others belongings of the family. Kanu called on the international community to prevail on the Nigerian Army to stop raiding…

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MORE STARTLING REVELATIONS ON THE COMPANY THAT IMPORTED 1580 RIFLES INTO NIGERIA

Anna Okon More revelations have continued to trail Great James Oil and Gas Limited, the firm linked with the illegal importation of 1,580 guns into Nigeria. On September 11, the men of the Nigeria Customs Service intercepted a 20-foot container at the Tin Can Island Port with 1,100 pump-action rifles concealed in wash basins. Eight days after this discovery, another container was found at the Tin Can Island Port with 470 pump-action rifles concealed among small connecting pipes. While addressing journalists on the seizure, the Comptroller General of Customs, Col.…

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HOW POLICE INTERCEPTED VEHICLES CARRYING RIFLES, AK-47, PISTOLS, AMMUNITIONS IN ZAMFARA

Gusau—Zamfara State Police Command, yesterday, intercepted two vehicles carrying arms in different parts of the state. Spokesman of the Command, Mr. Muhammad Shehu, told newsmen in Gusau, yesterday, that items recovered from the vehicles were three AK-47 rifles, an automatic pistol, locally-made pistol, magazines and live ammunition. According to him, other items recovered include N103,435, ATM card, three voters’ cards, military camouflage and a stamp of the Cattle Traders Associa-tion of Nigeria in the Bukuru Local Government Area of Plateau State. Shehu said the drivers of the two cars, a…

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ILLEGAL ARMS SHIPMENT TO NIGERIA: TURKISH ENVOY MEETS CUSTOMS BOSS

Turkish envoy meets Customs over illegal arms shipments The Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Hakan Cakil yesterday met with the Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ibrahim Ali in a bid to gather information on those behind illegal arms shipments from Turkey to Nigeria. Ali at the meeting expressed concerns of the Nigeria Customs Service and that of Nigerians that four different arms seizures with 2,671 Pump Action Rifles, coming from Turkey alone, appears to suggest complicity of Turkish Authority. A statement by the Customs Public Relations Officer, Mr Joseph Attah, said…

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ILLEGAL FIRE ARMS IMPORTERS OPT FOR PLEA BARGAIN

File: Comptroller-General, Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ali (retd.), displaying some of the seized 661 Pump-Action rifles in Lagos… on Monday. Photo: NAN Oladimeji Ramon Two out of the five men being prosecuted by the Federal Government for unlawful importation of 661 pump-action rifles into the country have indicated their intention to enter into plea bargain with the prosecution. The defendants – Mahmud Hassan, Oscar Okafor, Donatus Achinulo, Matthew Okoye, said to be at large, and Salihu Danjuma – had been arraigned by the Attorney General of the Federation on June…

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SEE THE REAL IDENTITY OF THOSE WHO IMPORTED GUNS INTO THE COUNTRY

Abuja: The residence of Cyril and Great James Have Houses in Abuja, Lagos Registered Business in 2011 with residential Addresses Three individuals with residences in Abuja and Lagos own the company that has been fingered for the illegal importation of arms into the country earlier in the week, investigation by Daily Trust on Sunday has shown. The Nigeria Customs Service, on Thursday, named Great James Oil and Gas Ltd as the importer of the haul of 470 guns that was impounded at the Tin Can Island port last week, a…

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FG TO PROBE ARMS SEIZURE’S LINKS TO 2019 ELECTIONS

JOhn Alechenu, Olusola Fabiyi,  Adelani Adepegba  and Ifeanyi Onuba The Federal Government is set to probe the possibility of any connection between the seizures of arms at the Lagos port and the 2019 general elections. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who confirmed this in an interview with one of our correspondents in Abuja on Saturday, said the government was concerned about the constant importation of arms into the country by unauthorised  persons. Mohammed said the government was determined to get to the root of the matter…

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CUSTOMS INTERCEPTS ANOTHER 2671/RIFLES IMPORTED FROM.TURKEY

The comptroller-general of the Nigeria Customs Service, Hameed Ali, says the service has ordered a detailed profile of all imports, especially those coming from Turkey – The customs boss urges Nigerians to rise up and remain vigilant to deal decisively with the enemies of the country – Ali says the service will continue to subject all containers to 100 per cent examination until 80 per cent of the customs agents abide with global practices The Tin-Can Island command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has intercepted another 2,671 rifles illegally…

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ARMS IMPORTATION: CUSTOMS BOSS MEETS TURKISH AMBASSADOR TODAY

Anna Okon The Nigeria Customs Service on Thursday announced that the service would be having a diplomatic meeting with the Ambassador of Turkey on Friday (today) to address the spate of   illegal importation of weapons into the country. The Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali, (retd.), stated this in Lagos on Thursday where he confirmed the seizure of 470 pump action rifles in Tin Can Island Port. The PUNCH had reported on Wednesday that the Tin Can Island command of the service on Tuesday uncovered another container suspected to…

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