See The 5 Men That Imported 661 Guns Into Nigeria
It is said that crime has no tribe.
The five men that illegally brought in 661 pump action rifles from Turkey in January include Hausa and Igbo businessmen.
They are: Mahmud Hassan, Oscar Okafor, Donatus Achinulo, Matthew Okoye (said be at large) and Salihu Danjuma.
On May 23, 2017; a large cache of arms was intercepted by the Nigeria Customs service.
About three months earlier, another cache container load of pump action rifles was also intercepted
This led to the question: Is Nigeria preparing for war?
The importation was the handiwork of these unscrupulous businessmen.
But they are now in court defending their actions.
On Wednesday, they were arraigned before Justice Ayokunle Faji at the Federal High Court in Lagos.
In the charge, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice said the accused persons brought the rifles into the country from Turkey through the Apapa Port in Lagos, using a 40-feet container, which they falsely claimed contained steel doors.
The eight counts pressed against them bordered on conspiracy, importation of prohibited firearms, forgery, uttering of forged documents, and bribery.
The offences were said to be contrary to sections 1(2)(c), 1(14) (a)(i) and 3(6) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act Cap M17, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2014.
The accused persons, however, pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to them.
Consequently, the prosecuting counsel, K.A. Fagbemi, applied for a date to commence trial but urged the court to order that the accused persons should be remanded in custody.
Justice Faji adjourned till September 12, 2017 for definite hearing.