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Court to inspect smuggled 1,570 rifles May 5

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By Onozure Dania

LAGOS—A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos will on May 5 inspect the 1,570 rifles, allegedly imported into the country by three businessmen, alongside a company.

Justice Saliu Saidu fixed the date after listening to the testimony of the fourth prosecution witness in the trial.

The businessmen, who allegedly smuggled the weapons into Nigeria, between September 6 and October 20, 2017, are: Ifeuwa Moses Christ, Ayogu Great James, Emeka Umeh Festus, who is still at large and a limited liability company, Great James Oil and Gas Limited.

The witness, Mohammed Hassan, an Assistant Comptroller of Customs, said men of the Nigerian Customs Service, Tincan Port, and Terminal delivered to him two containers containing for safe keeping.

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Hassan, who was, being led-in-evidence by Mr Julius Ajakaiye, a Deputy Director in the Federal Ministry of Justice, said on October 20, 2017 two containers brought by men of the NCS Tincan Port Unit, Slaps, Lagos and handed over to him for save keep at the Custom Bonded Warehouse, Federal Operation,  Ikeja, Lagos.

The witness, who said he was in charge of the Customs Warehouse, Ikeja, Lagos said on 100 percent examination of the first container, it contains among others, 1,100 Pump Action Rifles concealed with sanitary wares like washing hand basins, while the second container contained 470 Pump Action Rifles concealed with plumbing materials.

After the tendering of the handover note, Ajakaiye, made an application to move the court to the locus sincro (scene of events) for the court to inspect the containers and the items physically.

Consequently Justice Saidu adjourned the matter till May 5, to enable the court move to the Locus Sincro.

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