- Mamman Daura, the Director General of the Customs Service, Hameed Ali and the DG DSS Lawal Musa Daura have been summoned by the House of Representatives
- They were invited to brief the House on the arms and light weapons menace
- The Nigeria customs had on different occasions intercepted firearms smuggled into the country
Nigeria's House of Representatives has summoned President Muhammadu Buhari's nephew, Mamman Daura, Director General of the Customs Service, Hameed Ali, and DG of the Department of State Services (DSS) Lawal Musa Daura, over the arms importation into the country.
The lower chamber on Tuesday, September 26, called on the Nigerian Customs Service and other regulatory agencies to intensify ports checks to control the inflow of small arms and light weapons into the country.
Obinna Chidoka (PDP, Anambra), leading the debate of a motion under matters of public importance expressed concern that the Nigerian Customs Service had on four different occasions, this year intercepted firearms smuggled into the country, totalling 2,671 pieces with the first firearms seizure in January.
He recalled that the firearms shipment had left the premises of the port when it was tracked down after a tip-off.
Chidoka expressed worry that the NCS might not be adequately equipped to handle the inflow of arms into the country due to the absence of functional scanners at the port to enable the agency to effectively scrutinise containers in line with global best practices
The House also commended the Nigerian Customs Service for the seizure of four shipments of firearms into the country, urging the agency, DSS and office of Attorney General of the Federation to speed up investigations on the firearms seizures.
The motion was unanimously adopted when it was put to a voice vote by the speaker, Yakubu Dogara.
According to an earlier report by NAIJ.com, the Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ali and Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, Hakan Cakil, have agreed to cooperate to stop the export of harmful items into both countries.
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Ali announced this in a statement by the service public relations Officer, Joseph Attah, on Tuesday, September 26, in Abuja.
Attah said the meeting was held due to concerns expressed by the general public over the recent seizures of pump actions riffles imported from Turkey.
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