Tension as ports over intercepted explosives

2011-09-25
SUN Newspaper- Foster Obi

The frequency of arms shipment into the country has heightened fear at the nation’s seaports. This followed Friday’s interception of container full of explosives at the Tincan Island Port in Lagos, which is one of Nigeria’s busiest ports.

The 40-foot container of explosive materials was intercepted at the Five Star Logistics Terminal after Nigeria Customs Service officials kept surveillance on the container, which arrived the country few weeks ago from China. The registration number on the container is KK FU7662007.

The Customs Area Controller at the port, Mr Epowei Edike, told journalists after conducting them round the site of the dangerous items that they were declared by the importer; one Cargo Concept Lagos, as toys and rechargeable lanterns. But none of the items declared was found in the container.

He disclosed that the shipment was intercepted following a 100 per cent physical examination conducted by his officers.
A security personnel, who spoke to Sunday Sun on condition of anonymity, said the nature of the explosives and the quantity suggests that it is the handiwork of those with sinister motives bent of making a dangerous statement.

“You don’t just know how far they may have gone,” the source added. He said the suggestion that the intercepted arms were linked to a sitting governor might just be a decoy and a creepy attempt to smear him.

“I am not holding brief for the governor but if he has anything to do with it, he would not be stupid to put his name on the cartons. Don’t forget that he has been having a running battle with some political opponents”, the source said.

Meanwhile, the intercepted explosives are still with the Customs at the Tin Can Port. No arrest has also been made and nobody has taken responsibility.








 

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