The Nigerian Customs Service has declared two officers who allegedly examined and cleared an arm-laden container at the Apapa port in Lagos State.
The officers, Abdullahi I, with service number 44483 ASC, and Odiba Haruna Inah, with service number 133386, fled after the weapons were uncovered by the operatives of the Federal Operations Unit, Zone A, Ikeja.
The service had paraded three suspects – Oscar Okafor (importer), Mahmud Hassan (clearing agent) and Sadique Mustapha (escort) – in connection with the arms smuggling.
The comptroller-general of customs, Hammed Ali, said some other customs officers were arrested, adding that investigations were on-going.
The manifest, which accompanied the 40-foot container was said to have declared that ‘steel doors and other merchandise goods’ were in the container.
The officers, however, found boxes of the weapons concealed deep in the container which came from China and routed through Turkey.