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Friday, 2 February 2018

Container Fully Loaded With Military Uniforms And Dangerous Weapons Declared Missing In Apapa Port

There is confusion as a 14-foot container loaded with military camouflage uniforms and other suspected dangerous weapons has reportedly disappeared from Apapa Port, Lagos. The commissioner of police, Lagos Ports Command, Celestine Okoye, on Wednesday, January 31, directed his detectives to trace the location of the missing container and arrest both the importer and others connected with the importation within 24 hours.

The search for the container, coming after the wanton killings in the country by suspected herdsmen and kidnappers dressed in military camouflage, has caused a clash between the police and some custom officials, Vanguard reports.
The container reportedly loaded with military camouflage uniforms and other dangerous items passed through the terminal operation at the Port on Friday, January 26, but all efforts to block it by police detectives failed.
It was gathered that before the container disappeared from the port, policemen had informed the commissioner of the move and he swiftly gave directives through a letter, that it should not be cleared pending thorough checks.
However, after receiving the letter, port officials at the terminal allegedly cleared the container claiming later that they contacted Marine Police before clearing the container.
The port officials claimed that the container had already left the port before they received the letter from Police.
CP Okoye, however, reportedly contacted his counterpart at the Marine, who denied knowledge of the clearance.
Based on this discrepancy, Okoye directed his men to get all facts relating to the container including the identity of the importer and those involved in its illegal clearance within 24 hours.
The police, bent on recovering the container, reportedly rounded up all those involved in its importation on suspicion that they might be the gang that masterminded the importation of dangerous weapons seized at the Port, not long ago. CP Okoye, however, vowed to get to the root of the matter.

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