Arms Importation: Buhari, Customs CG Head To Turkey


President Muhammad Buhari and the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Col. Hameed Ali (rtd) will be traveling to Turkey to unravel the mysteries behind the importation of arms  from the country and other bilateral issues in a meeting with Turkish Customs Authority.

While addressing newsmen on Friday Deputy Comptoller-General, Aminu Dangaladima, said the meeting is aimed at putting to an end the constant importation of firearms into the country.

Since the beginning of this year, there have been an increase in the importation of firearms from Turkey, which were all successfully seized at the port by the Nigerian Customs.

Again last month, the service announced the seizure of 2,671 illegal pump action riffles from Turkey into Nigeria.

However, the Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, Halal. Cakil on September 26, vowed that his country would fish out the criminals behind the shipping of illegal arms to Nigeria.

Dangaladima said “Let me seize this opportunity to impromptu you that we are making progress on investigation in the illegal arms importation.

“More arrests have been made and the CGC will be on the entourage of President to Turkey for sideline bilateral meeting with the Turkish Customs Authority.

“This is with the aim to permanently deal and put an end to such deadly importation coming from Turkey.”


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