The Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service, Hameed Ali, on Tuesday met with the Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Hakan Cakil, over the recent seizures of pump-action rifles imported illegally into the country from Turkey.
The meeting, which was held at the headquarters of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) in Abuja, lasted for almost two hours.
In a statement, the Public Relations Officer of the NCS, Mr. Joseph Attah, said the meeting dwelt on devising means of dealing with the recurring cases of illegal arms importation from Turkey.
This year alone, the NCS had on different occasions, intercepted 2,671 pump-action rifles smuggled into the country. This, they said suggests connivance on the part of the Turkish government.
According to the statement, Cakil said that all the shipments intercepted by the NCS had false declaration on their bill of lading. This, he claimed was a clear case of smuggling.
At the end of the meeting, the Turkish ambassador restated his country’s support for Nigeria’s security and well-being, noting that Turkey would not support any dangerous shipment of arms to Nigeria.