Thursday, January 11, 2018

How Importers Made False Claims To Customs In Order To Bring In 661 Pump Action Rifles -NCS






The Assistant Comptroller of Federal Operation Unit (FOU) of Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), A. M. Adamu, on Wednesday, told the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos, how five illegal importers, who brought in 661 sophisticated pump action guns into Nigeria, made a false declaration in Customs Forms.

It would be recalled that the Nigeria Customs had on June 14, 2017, arraigned two Customs Officers, Mahmud Hassan and Salisu Abdullahi Danjuma alongside one Oscar Okafor, Donatus Ezebunwa Achinulo and Matthew Okoye before Justice Ayotunde Faji on charges bordering on illegal importation of firearms, conspiracy and forgery.

One of the Customs officers, Hassan offered the sum of N400k to one Aliu Musa, the Examination Officer as a bribe. He was also alleged to have bribed a government official N1 million at Apapa Port through his colleague, Danjuma Abdullahi, in order to prevent a proper search of the said container used in bringing in the 661 illegally imported Pump Action rifles.

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