The Federal Government on Thursday arraigned a clearing agent, Ifeuwa Moses, for alleged illegal importation of firearms into the country.
The defendant, who was arraigned before the Federal High Court in Lagos, was accused of bringing 1,570 pump-action rifles into the country.
The prosecuting counsel for the state, Julius Ajakaiye, told Justice Saliu Saidu that the firearms were brought into Nigeria from Istanbul, Turkey, in a 20-foot container.
He said the defendant forged the bill of laden dated July 28, 2017, disguising that the 20-foot container was loaded with “230 packages of wash hand basin, rather than 1,570 pump-action guns.
According to him, the forged bill of laden also stated that the goods were coming in from Guangdongn, China, instead of Istanbul, Turkey.
The prosecutor said the defendant committed the offence between November 6 and 20, 2017, in connivance with a firm, Great James Oil and Gas Ltd, and two others persons – Ayogu James and Emeka Festus – said to be at large.
While adjourning till November 21 for commencement of trial, Justice Saidu said the defendant should be remanded in custody.
He, however, said the defence counsel, C. J. Jiakeonna, could bring an application for his client’s bail. Copyright PUNCH.