Customs Intercept 1,100 Pump-Action Rifles

This is the third time Customs will intercept arms at ports this year

Officials of the Nigeria Customs Service have discovered 1,100 pump-action rifles in a container at the Tin-Can Island Port in Lagos.

According to the Comptroller-General of Customs, Colonel Hameed Alli (rtd), the weapons were brought in from Turkey and concealed in a container purportedly conveying wash basins.

He said some of the weapons recovered included 600 pieces of Georgia Magnum Black Pump-Action rifles.

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FG Arraigns Five Men Over Importation Of 661 Pump-Action Rifles

The Federal Government on Wednesday arraigned five men for allegedly importing 661 pump-action rifles into the country without lawful authority.

The accused were arraigned before Justice Ayokunle Faji at the Federal High Court in Lagos.

They are Mahmud Hassan, Oscar Okafor, Donatus Achinulo, Matthew Okoye, said be at large, and Salihu Danjuma.

In the charge, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice said the accused brought the rifles into the country from Turkey through the Apapa Port in Lagos, using a 40-feet container, which they falsely claimed contained steel doors.

To facilitate the illegal importation, the accused allegedly forged a number of documents including a bill of lading, a Form M and a Pre-Arrival Assessment Report.

According to the prosecution, in order to evade payment of Customs duty, the accused allegedly forged a bill of lading issued at Istanbul on January 9, 2017, falsely claiming that it was issued at Shanghai, China.

In the forged bill of lading, they allegedly filled “steel door” as the content of the container instead of rifles.

They were also said to have allegedly offered a bribe of N400,000 to an official of the Nigeria Customs Service attached to the Federal Operative Unit to influence the said officer not to conduct a “hundred per cent search on the 40-feet container with number PONU 825914/3.”

The prosecution also alleged that the first accused, Hassan, corruptly gave N1m to government officials at the Apapa Port in order to prevent the search of the container by Customs officials.

In the last count, the Federal Government alleged that the defendants had between 2012 and 2016 illegally imported several double-barreled shotguns, pump-action rifles and single-barreled shotguns into the country through Lagos.

The eight counts pressed against them border on conspiracy, importation of prohibited firearms, forgery, uttering of forged documents, and bribery.

The offences were said to be contrary to sections 1(2)(c), 1(14) (a)(i) and 3(6) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act Cap M17, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2014.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to them.

Consequently, the prosecuting counsel, K.A. Fagbemi, applied for a date to commence trial but urged the court to order that the accused should be remanded in the prison custody pending trial.

Justice Faji adjourned till September 12, 2017 for definite hearing and ordered that the accused should be remanded in the prison custody.

Ogun Police Parade 23 Suspects, Recover Weapons

Ogun Police Parade 23 Suspects, Recover Sophisticated WeaponsThe Ogun State Police Command has paraded 23 suspected criminals thought to be disturbing the peace of communities across the state for various crimes ranging from murder to armed robbery and kidnapping.

Weapons like pump action guns, single barrel guns, ‘cut to size’ and other exhibits were recovered from the suspects.

One of the suspects, a 23-year-old young man from Ibadan in Oyo state confessed to have joined a gang of armed robbers in the last three years, while another in possession of four guns said that the guns belonged to his late father who was a pipeline security man.

“I was arrested by the Police because I gave a gun to somebody to sell. The guns belong to my late father who was a pipeline security.

“I found the guns where it was buried when we wanted to re-roof our house and I called one of my father’s boys who used to service the guns. He was the one who advised that we should sell it,” he said.

Addressing journalists, the state Commissioner of Police said that the arrests were a result of proactive measures being put in place by the command, especially in the ember months, saying that community policing remains the answer to security challenges.

“I want to put it on record that the combat against crime in Ogun state is yielding positive results and the results is what we are exhibiting today. This is what we will be doing to ensure a safer ember month, the successes are as a result of cooperation from residents,” he said.

The CP also solicited the cooperation of residents in the task of providing effective policing of the state.

He said that the suspects would be arraigned before courts of competent jurisdiction to determine their culpability or otherwise so that the innocent among them would not be punished unjustly.

Rivers Police Parade Armed Robbery Suspects

Rivers Police Parades Over 20 Armed Robber Suspects Rivers State Police Command have paraded over 20 persons suspected to be armed robbers, kidnappers and cultists.

The suspects were paraded at the Command’s headquarters in Port Harcourt, the state’s capital on Saturday.

The State’s Commissioner of Police, Musa Kimo, told reporters that his men have intensified the raid on criminal hide outs in the state in keeping with his command’s resolve to rid the state of crime and criminality.

Mr Kimo also commended residents in the state for their cooperation in maintaining relative calm following the recent tribunal judgement that nullified the April 11 governorship election in the state.

He, however, warned that the police is resolute to clamp down on any one who disturbs peace.

Items recovered from the suspects were arms and ammunition including pump action and AK 47 guns.

 

Kogi Police Parades 45 Criminal Suspects

policeThe Kogi State Police Command has paraded 45 suspected criminals, including a lady for alleged kidnapping, armed robbery and cattle rustling activities in the state.

Also paraded among the 45 suspects were 72-year-old Ahmed Andoke, a relative of former Minister of Justice, Mohammed Andoke, and an All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate in the last House of Assembly election for Okehi State Constituency, Idris Ozi Shuaibu, and a cripple alleged to be in custody of stolen items and financing some criminal gangs terrorizing the state.

Following the upsurge of activities of armed bandits, kidnappers, social miscreants and hoodlums in the state the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, deployed a special anti-crime task force to relocate to the state and quickly address the situation.

The State Governor, Idris Wada, has promised to give out the sum of 5 million naira to anybody with credible information that will lead to tracking down the kidnappers terrorizing the state.

On parading the suspects and their loot, the Public Relation Officer (PRO) of the force, Emmanuel Ojukwu, said the squad has in the last three weeks quickly design a template to contain the situation.

Items recovered from the suspects are: 3 faces prepaid meters, AK 47, double barrel guns, locally made Dane guns, cartridges, charms, pump action, cars, cutlasses, military camouflage uniform, ATM cards etc.

Two of the harden criminals popularly called cat and target, were said to be terrorizing people of the Okene axis and were alleged to have killed some Policemen on duty and went away with their guns, were called for questioning.

Though Journalists could not ask questions from the suspects, and this made some of the suspects protest by shouting out, while others claimed it was a  frame up.

The police said the suspects will be charged to court after the completion of their investigation, not until then, they will be under the custody of the Police.

Ogun Police Kill 4, Arrest 2 Cross Border Bandits

Ogun PoliceThe Ogun State Police Command says it has arrested 2 members involved in cross border banditry, while 4 others were killed during a gun battle with the police as they tried to rob a Bureau de Change at Itoku market, located in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital.

Parading the suspects at the State Headquarters of the Ogun Anti robbery Squad in Abeokuta, the State Police Spokesman, Mr Muyiwa Adejobi, said the members of the bandits were from Niger, Benin, Ghana, Togo and other neighboring states.

Items recovered from the bandits includes  five cut to size locally made guns, one AK 47, 2 pump action guns, expended and unexpended cartridges and charms.

While assuring residents of adequate security of life and property, the police spokesman however, solicited quality information from members of the general public, in order to fight crime in the state.

Police Arrest Armed Robbers In Kano

Police The Kano State Police Command has arrested 37 suspected armed robbers and recovered 39 stolen motor vehicles across Kano State.

Addressing a news conference, the state’s Police Commissioner, Mr Aderinle Shinaba, told journalists that 22 of the suspects were already charged to court while 15 of them are still undergoing investigation.

Items recovered, according to the command, include 2 AK-47 rifles with 24 rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition with 2 magazines, one English pistol with 7 rounds of 7mm live ammunition, 8 locally made pistols with 17 cartridges. One pump action and Dane gun were all recovered.

The command has also raided various criminal hideouts and black spots across the state and in the process arrested 146 suspected criminals.

Exhibits such as housebreaking implements, machetes, dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp, suck and die as well as other incriminating items were recovered.

Two men were also arrested in possession of 30 stolen vehicles. They have confessed to have bought and sold stolen cars and organized car theft within Kano and environs.

While appreciating the timely information they received from the citizens of Kano State, the command has also handed over the stolen vehicles to their rightful owners.