Breaking : Ship conveying ammunition to Nigeria arrested in S’Africa
. Took off from Russia, to anchor in Lagos
She reportedly anchored in Madagascar before sailing to South Africa, and stopped near Port Elizabeth in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province.
The value of assorted weapons including bombs and other weapons of mass destruction on board the ship was put at $3.5 million.
Wawa News Global gathered that the arrest of the Lagos -bound cargo carrying 20 containers was as a result of a tip-off by an anonymous informer.
The vessel is said to be laden with dangerous weapons including explosives.
“We are aware that she has dangerous cargoes – explosives and weapons – on board,” Olwethu Mdabula, spokeswoman for the Transnet state transport company said.
She however declinined to give further details on those behind the importation.
She said the matter was so sensitive that futher information on it would not be made public until investigations were concluded.
“This is a very, very sensitive matter. It is receiving attention,” spokesman for the Hawks police investigative unit, Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi, said.
Meanwhile the Federal Government has denied any knowledge of the incident.
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed , when contacted, said he had no information regarding the development.
The development has however heightened tension in the polity over the success of the 2019 polls.
There are also concerns that the arms importation might not be unconnected with the killings in parts of the country by herdsmen as well as the the worsening security situation in the country.
Abia Justice Forum holds prayers to enthrone democracy, promote good governance in state
Appeal court halts move to stop Otti’s inauguration
Clear our severance package, sitting allowance, others before leaving office, ex-councillors beg Ikpeazu