Intercepted arms destined for Nigeria, SSS insists

In ANYTHING on November 11, 2010 at 1:46 pm

Arrests suspected Warri bombers

THE State Security Services (SSS) has dismissed claims that the arms-baring ship intercepted by its operatives at the Apapa Port in Lagos was destined for the Gaza strip in Israel.

The SSS said the movement of the illegal cargo with 371 containers had been monitored by its operatives before it entered the country, adding that any claim that the cargo came into the country by mistake is false.
Addressing reporters at its headquarters in Abuja yesterday, the security agency, which spoke through Assistant Director, Public Relations, Marilyn Ogar, said the Bill of Lading on the concealed cargo reads, building materials comprising glasswood and pallets of stones with destination as Nigeria.
In what she described as ‘update on the intercepted arms at Apapa Port’, Ogar disclosed that the consignee, the clearing agent have also been arrested by the SSS operatives.
She however declined comment on the identities of those arrested, stating that doing so would jeopardise on-going investigations.
Giving the sequence of events before the Service swooped on the cargo, the SSS spokeswoman said the ship that carried the cargo arrived Tin Can Port on July 10th, 2010 with 371 containers from which 83 were discharged at the Frano bonded warehouse at the Cele-Ijesha area of Lagos.
According to her, the ship departed on July 11th, 2010 and on October 20th, 2010, 13 containers out of the 83 were moved from Frano to AP Molar Terminal, Apapa Port where the Service personnel requested for 100 per cent inspection of the containers where the concealment was found.
Also yesterday, the SSS said it has arrested the suspected perpetrators of the Warri bombings, which took place on March 15, 2010. The Service however did not disclose the identities of the suspects.
Ogar told reporters that the perpetrators of the bombings in Warri were the same people allegedly used by Henry Okah to execute the October 1, 2010 bombings, which claimed many lives in Abuja.
She said the Service in its investigations “uncovered that Henry Okah came from South Africa for the Warri bombings, purchased the cars which were then moved to the welder and later to the house of one of the suspects on March 13th, 2010 where he personally wired the bombs.
“Subsequently, on March 14th, 2010 Okah departed the country, apparently to create an alibi for himself over the bombings that eventually took place the next day,” Ogar said.

While appealing to Nigerians to be more security conscious and guard against common threats facing the country’s collective interest, she pointed out that without security there could be no sustenance of democracy.

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