- The police officers at Lagos Ports Command are reportedly in search of a missing container
- The container is allegedly loaded with military camouflage uniforms and other suspected dangerous weapons
-The police said they instructed port officials not to clear the container but the officials said they had cleared the container before the police sent their instruction
There is confusion as a 14-foot container loaded with military camouflage uniforms and other suspected dangerous weapons has reportedly disappeared from Apapa Port, Lagos.
The commissioner of police, Lagos Ports Command, Celestine Okoye, on Wednesday, January 31, directed his detectives to trace the location of the missing container and arrest both the importer and others connected with the importation within 24 hours.
The search for the container, coming after the wanton killings in the country by suspected herdsmen and kidnappers dressed in military camouflage, has caused a clash between the police and some custom officials, Vanguard reports.
The container reportedly loaded with military camouflage uniforms and other dangerous items passed through the terminal operation at the Port on Friday, January 26, but all efforts to block it by police detectives failed.
It was gathered that before the container disappeared from the port, policemen had informed the commissioner of the move and he swiftly gave directives through a letter, that it should not be cleared pending thorough checks.
However, after receiving the letter, port officials at the terminal allegedly cleared the container claiming later that they contacted Marine Police before clearing the container.
The port officials claimed that the container had already left the port before they received the letter from Police.
CP Okoye, however, reportedly contacted his counterpart at the Marine, who denied knowledge of the clearance.
Based on this discrepancy, Okoye directed his men to get all facts relating to the container including the identity of the importer and those involved in its illegal clearance within 24 hours.
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The police, bent on recovering the container, reportedly rounded up all those involved in its importation on suspicion that they might be the gang that masterminded the importation of dangerous weapons seized at the Port, not long ago.
According to a source who spoke with Vanguard: “All the officials at the Port involved in the deal are feeding fat on this and they believe that nobody can stop them from doing this dirty and dangerous business. Their dirty deal is what is contributing to the presence of dangerous weapons including the AK47 being used by herdsmen and deadly kidnappers.”
CP Okoye, however, vowed to get to the root of the matter.
NAIJ.com previously reported that the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) explained to the Federal High Court in Lagos how five illegal importers made false claim in order to bring in 661 sophisticated pump action guns into Nigeria.
This claim was reportedly made by the assistant comptroller of Federal Operation Unit, A. M. Adamu on Wednesday, January 10.
The NCS had arraigned two customs officers, Mahmud Hassan and Salisu Abdullahi Danjuma alongside one Oscar Okafor, Donatus Ezebunwa Achinulo and Matthew Okoye on charges bordering on illegal importation of firearms, conspiracy and forgery before Justice Ayotunde Faji.
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