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HOW NIGERIAN-BORN BROADCASTER FACILITATED ARMS SHIPMENT
« on: November 14, 2010, 02:13:29 PM »
How Nigerian-born broadcaster facilitated arms shipment
By PHILIP NWOSU
Sunday, November 14, 2010



A Nigerian-born broadcaster who worked for Radio Tehran has been named in the illegal arms shipment into Nigeria by some Iranians.
The broadcaster, who is based in Iran and worked for the Hausa language service of that country?s radio station, was alleged to have given endorsement to one of the Iranians, clearing the way for his visa to travel to Nigeria.

A key security source informed that the broadcaster, who was identified as Sheikh Ali Abbas Othman, cleared the way for Azimi Agajany, one of the men alleged to have organized the secret arms shipment through a Tehran-based company, International Trading and General Construction.
Intelligence report also revealed that the Nigerian journalist, who is presently in the custody of the State Security Service (SSS), also goes by the name Abbas Jega.

His associates said contrary to reports that he was still in Tehran, the cleric was whisked away by SSS operatives in his office in Abuja last Tuesday. They also denied reports that he visits Nigeria regularly and delivers lectures at various Muslim fora around the country, saying that the cleric is based in Nigeria because he left Tehran about five years ago. But, security sources insisted that Sheikh Abbas was a frequent visitor to the Nigerian Embassy in Tehran in recent years.

The Sheikh, Sunday Sun learnt, deals in carpets, visas, air conditioners and property, and has actually introduced many Iranians to the Nigerian Embassy in Tehran over the years for the purpose of acquiring visa. His associates said he has been a visa facilitator for many years.

Security sources in Abuja also said at the weekend that it was the detained cleric, who disclosed to the SSS the two businessmen said to be hiding in the Iranian Embassy and that they were actually the importers of the weapons.
An Iranian Embassy staff in Abuja, who spoke on phone on condition of anonymity, said Agajany obtained his visa from the Nigerian Embassy in Tehran by claiming that he was in a hurry to get to Nigeria to clear the consignment because it was already attracting demurrage.

However, the second Iranian said to be hiding in the embassy, Sayeed Akbar Tahmaesebi, did not obtain his visa from the Nigerian Embassy in Tehran. These revelations came just as it was gathered that the weapons, mainly of artillery shells, hand grenades and mortars, including their launchers, have been taken into custody by the Nigerian Army.

The artillery rockets and other weapons, loaded in 13 shipping containers that were labelled as building materials, were seized on October 26 at the Apapa Port in Lagos.

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Re: HOW NIGERIAN-BORN BROADCASTER FACILITATED ARMS SHIPMENT
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2010, 02:13:51 PM »
That's shocking.

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Re: HOW NIGERIAN-BORN BROADCASTER FACILITATED ARMS SHIPMENT
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2010, 05:19:53 PM »
WAT WAS IN HE THINKING

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« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2010, 05:19:53 PM »

 

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