Illegal arms importation: Court dismisses accused’s motion seeking to witness mother’s burial

A Federal High Court, Lagos, today, dismissed a motion filed by Oscar Okafor, one of the defendants facing trial on alleged illegal importation of 661 pump action rifles into the country, seeking the court’s permission to attend his late mother’s burial. The court presided over by Justice Ayotunde Faji, dismissed the motion on the ground that the charges which the applicant is standing trial for is one that affects national security which is above any other interests. Okafor is standing trial on alleged illegal importation of 661 pump action rifles…

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Illegal arms importation: We don’t ship contraband goods -Maersk Line

A top management staff of Maersk Line Limited, Mrs. Mercy Ebri, has told a Federal High Court, Lagos, that her company was not involved in illegal shipments of 611 sophisticated pump action riffles into the country by the importer.  Mrs. Ebri stated this while being cross-examined by the lawyers to the defendants, who were being tried before Justice Ayotunde Faji, by the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF). Those standing trial before the court are: a shipping company, Mahmud Hassan Trading Company Limited, its managing director, Hassan Mahmud, Salisu Abdulahi Danjuma,…

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Shipping firm tells court how 661 pump action rifles were smuggled to Nigeria

A prosecution witness in the trial of two former customs officers and four others businessmen, today, narrated to the Federal High Court, Lagos how the defendants smuggled 661 pump action riflesĀ  into the country. The witness, Mrs. Blessing Ebri, a staff of Merks Line Nigeria Limited, who is the eighth prosecution witness, while being led in evidence by Mr Julius Ajakaiye, a deputy director with the Federal Ministry of Justice, told Justice Ayotunde Faji led- court, how the guns illegally got to Nigeria. Ebri in her testimony before the court…

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