Nigeria Customs Service and Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria have reached a tentative deal on how to halt the flow of illegal weapons into Nigeria from Turkey.
The deal, include the visit of Nigerian Customs officers to Turkey, to join their Turkish counterparts in fishing out those behind the arms import.
2,671 pump action rifles had been intercepted at the Tincan Island Port and the axis by Customs officers, in four instances in the past months.
Customs Comptroller General, Hameed Alli at the meeting held in Abuja with the Turkish Ambassador, Hakan Cekil, expressed concern over the illegal arms import, which according to him, suggests an approval by Turkish government.
The Turkish diplomat denying the involvement of Turkey in the illegal export of arms to Nigeria, assured that his country will not support such harmful export to Nigeria.
The Ambassador defended his country saying that all the four shipments intercepted had ”false declarations on the bills of lading.”
Mr. Cakil restated his country’s support for Nigeria’s security and wellbeing adding that the Turkish government will cooperate with Nigeria in every step to deal decisively with those found involved.