President Muhammadu Buhari and the Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Col. Hameed Ali (rtd) will travel to Turkey for a bilateral meeting with the authorities of Turkish Customs Service, it was learnt yesterday.
According to Deputy Comptroller-General, Aminu Dangaladima, the meeting’s aim is to address the continued importation of deadly weapons from Turkey.
- It was reported last month that the Service seized 2,671 pump action rifles illegally imported from Turkey into Nigeria.
- Owing to the seizure, the Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Halal. Cakil promised on September 26 that his country would fish out the brains behind the shipping of illegal arms into Nigeria.
- Addressing journalists in Abuja Friday, Dangaladima said, “Let me seize this opportunity to impromptu you that we are making progress on the investigation into the illegal arms importation. More arrests have been made and the CGC will be on the entourage of Mr President to Turkey for sideline bilateral meeting with the Turkish customs authorities. This is with the aim of permanently putting an end to such deadly importations from Turkey.”
- Dangaladima recalled that last month, Ali, while briefing the media on the interception of exotic vehicles, 18 of which were bulletproof, said that the service under his leadership would enforce the powers given in the Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA) effectively.
- He said that being in possession of smuggled items is an offence under Section 3 of Customs and Excise Act Cap 47 Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004.
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