The Nigeria Customs Service has declared two of its officers wanted with respect to the 661 pump-action rifles intercepted by officers of the Federal Operating Unit (FOU), Zone A, Ikeja, along the Mile 2-Apapa Expressway.
It is understood that on Tuesday the officers, Abdullahi I – with service number 44483 ASC – and Odiba Haruna Inah – with service number 133386 – had examined and cleared the container carrying the arms.
It was also gathered that they fled after the weapons were uncovered by the operatives of the Federal Operations Unit, Zone A, Ikeja.
The Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (retd.), had earlier said the agency arrested three suspects – Oscar Okafor (importer), Mahmud Hassan (clearing agent) and Sadique Mustapha (escort) – in connection with the arms smuggling.
This is just as he added that some other customs officers were arrested, with investigations ongoing.
However, the spokesperson for the FOU, Jerry Attah, told The Punch on Tuesday that the suspects were cooperating, saying the two officers were declared wanted for their roles in the incident.
He said, “Immediately the weapons were uncovered, they took to their heels and that is why we are declaring them wanted. They were the ones that examined and checked the container at the Apapa port.
“The other suspects, including three other officers, are still in our custody pending the conclusion of investigations. There will be no half measures. We will get to the root of the case.”