Customs Quizzes 15 Officers Over Illegal Importation of 661 Rifles
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) is said to have quizzed not less than 15 officers of the agency in connection to the illegal importation of 661 rifles into the country.
The ranks of the officers range from assistant comptroller to superintendent, assistant superintendent and inspector.
Two officers – Abdullahi I, with service number 44483 ASC, and Odiba Haruna Inah, with service number 133386 ACIC – are also reportedly facing an orderly room trial at the end of which they may be dismissed for the roles they played in clearing the 661 rifles, reports Punch.
The Federal Operations Unit (FOU) of the Customs service had intercepted the rifles being transported on a truck with registration number BUG 265 XG conveying a 40ft container with number; PONU/825914/3 along Mile 2 Apapa Road, Lagos.
The Customs in the course of the past week said it had transferred the 661 rifles to the Department of State Security (DSS).
In the recent past, the Customs service also intercepted military-grade helicopters which were imported into the country without clearance by the National Security Adviser (NSA) and handed them over to the Nigerian Air Force (NAF).
Minister of transportation and former Rivers state governor, Mr Rotimi Amaechi would later blame the current governor, Mr Nyesom Wike and former President Goodluck Jonathan for the inability of the state government to take possession of the helicopters.
Beyond probing officers responsible for clearing the importation of illegal rifles, the Customs service may also need to investigate officers accused of killing traders in the course of seizing allegedly contraband food items like bags of rice. There have been protests in this regard but no official statement has been made by the Service in response to those protests.
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