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ILLEGAL ARMS SHIPMENT | FG mulls Sanctions against Turkey

Following the continuous indictment of Turkey as the origin of the three separate arms shipment into Nigeria, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) said the nation was weighing up its options against the country, including approaching the World Cus­toms Organisation (WCO).

Giving an indication to this effect during the display in Lagos of the latest seizure of 1100 Pump Action Rifles – the third since this year – at the Tin Can Island Ports Command, NCS Comptrol­ler-General, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd), said “the profiling we have made of the three con­signments – the 661, 440 and this 1100, indicates that these weapons are from Turkey.

“We have to now involve two things – through the WCO, which is a common platform for all of us as cus­toms, and through the Min­istry of Foreign Affairs. We have to begin to discuss with the Turkish Government be­cause this is becoming too se­rious for us to bear.

“I assure you that we are going to take the necessary steps to ensure that we stop this at the governmental lev­el.”

Meanwhile, Ali said the agency would now drop its internal mechanism of cir­culating the names of officers dismissed after their trials.

He added: “Because of the seriousness of this offence, I think we will go beyond do­ing our circulation within the system and let you know the names of this people, and that will underscore the fact that there were officers tried, dis­missed and are facing judi­cial processes in subsequent trials.


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