Customs gives updates on seized military equipment in Adamawa state

Customs gives updates on seized military equipment in Adamawa state

- The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has given an update on the seized military equipment in Adamawa state

- A spokesman for the NCS said the equipment were bound for Niger Republic

- He said six drivers attached to the vehicles were also held by Nigerian authorities

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has said the military equipment that were recently intercepted by Nigerian authorities were bound for Niger Republic.

A spokesperson for the Customs, Joseph Attah, confirmed this to Premium Times on Sunday, August 25.

He said six drivers attached to the vehicles were also held by Nigerian authorities.

Six mine-resistance all-terrain vehicles were seized by Nigerian soldiers in Fufore local government area of Adamawa state earlier this week and handed over to the Customs on Saturday, August 24.

The heavily fortified equipment were being conveyed without appropriate documentation, including their ownership, source and destination, when they were seized by Nigerian soldiers.

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The equipment were later handed over to the Customs by the Nigerian Army 23 Armoured Brigade at a low-key ceremony in Konkol, Adamawa state.

On social media, Nigerians expressed deep concerns over how the equipment could be moved within Nigeria’s borders without being detected for a while.

But, the Customs said Nigerians should see the seizure as a manifestation of pragmatic measures of security and law enforcement agencies.

“There was no evidence that proper transit procedure had been followed by those moving the equipment.

“This was quickly detected by a combined team of Customs, military and the State Security Service,” Attah said.

He further said the drivers conveying the military hardware said they left Cameroon and on their way to Niger Republic.

“Nigeria appears to be a transit route for the equipment, but even then, moving them would require clearance from the office of the National Security Adviser, in addition to several other procedures that must be followed,” he added.

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Attah said Customs was asked to take charge of the equipment because it has statutory responsibility “over anything that is crossing through Nigerian borders.”

Meanwhile, the federal government has flagged off the repatriation of Nigerian refugees living in Cameroon.

The Nigerian government's delegation is by Sadiya Umar Farouq, the newly appointed minister of humanitarian affairs and disaster management.

The minister led a technical working group to Maroua, capital of the far north region of Cameroon to kick-start the return process.

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