- The federal government has signed an agreement with Turkey to stop illicit arms importation
- Hameed Ali, the comptroller general of NCS, said the illegal importation of arms is the biggest challenge facing the customs service
- Ali said the issue of being ignorant of the content of the container will no more be acceptable
The federal government through the comptroller general of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with its Turkish counterpart to stop illegal importation of arms, ammunition.
Vanguard reported that Hameed Ali, the comptroller general of NCS , said the mutual agreement between both countries will make all import emanating from Turkey transmitted to the Nigeria customs before the arrival of the cargoes.
NAIJ.com gathered that Ali accused shipping firms, particularly, foreign lines, operating in the country of supporting illegal arms importation.
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He explained that the trend has not only become a source of concern to the customs, but also security risk to the neighbouring countries.
According to him, ''The issue of being ignorant of the content of the container will no more be acceptable.
''Carrying out examination on unpalletized cargoes is always a problem as palletization of containerized cargoes makes cargo examination easy and faster.
''We looked at issues affecting the maritime industry especially with regards to shipment of arms and that was why we invited the shipping lines and other stakeholders.
''We have sat down, we have listened, we have resolved with stakeholders that we will work together and they have given us their commitment.
''There were issues that were raised when I spoke at the opening of the meeting which brought issues like manifest and midstream transfer to the fore and the shippng companies have given suggestion on how best we can approach these issues.''
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that President Buhari arrived in Turkey to take part in the Developing 8 (D-8) Summit which is scheduled to begin on Friday, October 20.
Upon his arrival, President Buhari and his delegation were received by the Nigerian ambassador to Turkey, Iliyasu Paragalda, as well as the governor of Ankara.
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