Price Check

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

SSS, others intercept rocket launchers, bombs in Lagos

















Shock greeted the news on Tuesday evening that a combined team of security agents had impounded 13 containers suspected to be loaded with arms and ammunition at Apapa Wharf in Lagos.


The discovery was made barely two weeks after a consignment of electronic equipment suspected to contain toxic materials was seized at the same port. The ship that brought in the consignment, however, disappeared from the port.

Almost four weeks ago, twin car bomb blasts killed 16 people and injured 66 others in Abuja on October 1.

An intelligence source told THE PUNCH that senior security officials swooped on the port, based on information that a suspicious cargo had been brought into the country from Iran.

The source said top officials from the Police, the State Security Service, the Directorate of Military Intelligence and Naval Intelligence participated in the operation.

It was gathered that the clearing agent had raised suspicion when he allegedly offered to “pay any amount” to get the containers transferred from AP Moller Terminal to an off-dock terminal.

The agent reportedly pleaded for the containers to be screened outside the ports. But his attempts failed, as information was passed to the relevant quarters on his suspicious actions. It was at this juncture that security agents were called in to search the containers. The unidentified importers of the consignment were said to have described its contents as building materials.

It was gathered that when the first container was opened, the security agents found various sizes of grenades, rocket launchers, bombs, assault rifles and heavy machine guns hidden in 24 crates of building tiles.
However, the source said, “We cannot quantify the contents yet. All we know for now is that they are concealed in tiles.”

The SSS Assistant Director, Public Relations, Mrs. Marilyn Ogar, confirmed the seizure to our correspondent on the telephone, saying the weapons were concealed among crates of floor tiles.

“On opening the first container, operatives discovered rocket launchers, grenades and other explosives,” she said.
She, however, declined to provide the identity of the vessel that brought in the containers and its final destination. Ogar confirmed that the containers’ manifest indicated they contained building materials. She said security agents would search the containers through the night.

Ogar said security agents got information after the October 1 twin bomb blasts in Abuja that “arms were being brought into the country.”

When contacted, the spokesman of the Nigeria Customs Service, Mr. Wale Adeniyi, said, “As I speak with you, the first container is still being examined. We understand they are 13 in number. The contents of the first showed it had mortals, bullets and such related items.”

Attempt to obtain a reaction from the First Secretary, Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mr. Sadeghazadeh, on Tuesday night failed as he did not answer calls to his phone. He did not also respond to an SMS.

Source: Punch Newspaper

WTH?

9 comments:

K'KAY said...

GOD WILL KEEP EXPOSING THEM FOR THE SAKE OF THIS PRAYING CHILDREN....GOD IS GONNA HEAL THIS COUNTRY..THEY CAN TRY ALL THEY WANT BUT THEY ARE GETTING TO THE END...WETHER ITS REAL OR FAKE GOD WILL STAND AND FIGHT FOR US....ITS TIME FOR CHANGE.RSVP!

Anonymous said...

If the President lets this slip between his fingers without taking decisive measures to bring the culprits to book and send a strong signal of disapproval to which ever country the containers and its contents are coming from, he can be sure that he will be watering down his opponents impression that he is weak. Nigeria has no borders with Somalia, so the final destination cannot be there. Let the ship not disappear again this time.

AWESOME EMMANUEL said...

THIS IS A STRANGE DEVELOPMENT!TIS IS CHOKING!THIS IS EVIL!WHO CAN BE BEHIND THESE? FOR WHAT PURPOSE(S)ARE MISCILES AND AMUNITIONS WHICH WERE/ARE BEING REPORTED IN THIS COUNTRY? GOVERNMENT MUST HAVE FULL HAND IN THIS DEVELOPMENT (ARMS AND AMMUNITIONS IN OUR DEAR COUNTRY): THEY WANT TO KILL ALL NIGERIANS COMES 2011... I HOPE TO HAVE GAIN MY DV LOTTERY TO USA BEFORE THE ELECTION DATES@lolz
MY BLOOD WILL NOT BE WASTED FOR ANY ELECTORAL SUCCESS IN JESUS NAME (AMEN)

Surprise said...

Thank God for the port security operators who refused to collect "any amount" from the agent of death. Who knows how many lives those ammunitions would have sent to their untimely death had they not been discovered.

Who ever say there will not be peace in this country, will not know peace in his live. Every evil weapon fashioned against we innocent citizens in this country will not prosper. Evil plans of the evil ones for this country, go back to the sender. I plead the blood of Jesus upon every innocent citizens of this country. They will live to eat the fruit of their labour. They will live to witness the turn around of Nigeria, IJN, AMEN.

Anonymous said...

LMAO!!! Were did they get rocket lunchers from. That picture looks like some casing pipes

Kay said...

I am surprised that GMGs did not change hands for the containers to be brought in. I respect the SSS, Customs, and all parties involved that foiled this evil plan. This singular act may have saved Nigerian from the bloodiest period in her history.

Lord, we thank thee for Your hand in all this.

Anonymous said...

...Ohhh my my my...somebodi wake me up am dreaming..Oh God i wonder if u can just save me...us..Abeg..Nigeria at war..ooopsss...Let there be Peace..Amen..!!!

Cruel death on those that imported these ammunitions..may they sleep and never wake up again Amen..including Election riggers, kidnappers...and corrupt politicians..may they all rot in hell fire..Amen!!

Anonymous said...

Naija will be disintegrating very soon, Oh God pls not anoda war.

skankmypeaceofmind said...

wow, this county is about to go the Sierra Leone route. thank God the dysfunctional SSS did their homework this time. Hallelujah. may the lord be praised.