Illegal Arms Importation: DSS, Others Got N1M To Clear 661 Guns
So, more details are coming out in connection with the illegal 661 pump action rifles intercepted by Nigerian Customs Service last year at Apapa Port.
As the trial of the 5 men who were charged with the illegal importation the weapons continued on Monday, the first defendant, Mahmud Hassan, alleged that the gang paid 1 million naira to security agents to smuggle in the gun consignment at Apapa Port, Lagos.
Hassan made the allegation in a video played in court by the prosecution.
The video was played in a trial-within-trial to test the voluntariness of the statement made by Hassan while in the custody of the Department of State Services.
Hassan’s lawyer, Yakubu Galadima had, at the previous hearing, opposed the move by the prosecution to tender his client’s statement as an exhibit, contending that he was tortured to make the statement.
Justice Ayokunle Faji had then ordered a trial-within-trial to test the voluntariness of the statement.
At the Monday proceedings, the prosecution played a video of how Hassan was interrogated by DSS operatives.
The clip indicated that the interrogation was conducted on March 27, 2017, between 2 pm and 2.45 pm.
The prosecution tendered the video clip in court through a DSS operative, Jaiye Emmanuel.
The video captured Hassan as saying, “I gave 1 million naira to facilitate the moving of the container out of the port, but it is not because of the guns”.
When Mamadu was asked how the 1 million naira was shared among security agencies, the defendant said, “The examiners were given 200,000-naira, Chief Inspection Officer, C.I.O. 100,000 naira, enforcement 200,000 naira; police, SSS, between 20,000 naira, 25,000 naira, and 30,000 naira; the toll gates, 200,000 naira, exit gate, 20,000 naira, and final gate, 50,000 naira.”
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