Posted by: mulrickillion | October 12, 2011

Nigerian officials intercept illicit arms from China

Editor: Joshua Eisenman, China Reform Monitor, No. 923, Oct 11, 2011 —

September 24:

Nigerian customs agents have seized a large quantity of explosives and bomb components in a container shipped from Haungpu, Shanghai. The Press Trust of India reports that the shipment arrived in Nigeria’s Tin Can Island port on June 14 aboard the MV Seng-Shi marked as “industrial sockets and valves.” According to a Nigerian customs spokesman, the shipment was confiscated because “inconsistencies on the paperwork that accompanied the shipment raised doubts.” Nigeria’s The Guardian reports that that the container’s “contents [were] declared as children’s toys” and customs agents intercepted the explosives during a routine inspection. Police had already begun loading their trucks when the Customs Comptroller arrived to prevent them from removing the munitions and a “clash over the items between two sister security agencies” ensured.

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