One of the accused facing trial for unlawful importation of 661 sophisticated pump action rifles into the country last December, Mamudu Hassan, has indicted security operatives and men of the Customs Services.
Hassan, a retired Assistant Comptroller of Customs, appeared before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Monday.
He told the court that he bribed the Department of State Security, DSS, and other security agencies to smuggle the guns out of Apapa Ports.
The accused alleged this while he was being interrogated by men of the DSS on March 27, 2017.
His interrogation was secretly captured on camera, and yesterday, the clip was shown to the court by an operative of DSS, Jaiye Emmanuel.
Hassan speaking in the video: “I gave N1 million to facilitate the moving of the container out of port, but it is not because of the guns.” When Mamudu was asked how the N1 million was shared among security agencies, he said: “The examiners were given N200,000; C.I.O. N100,000; Enforcement N200,000; Police, SSS — between N20, 000, N25, 000, and N30, 000; the two gates — N200,000; Exit gate, N20,000, and final gate N50,000.”
Recall that the Customs Service on June 14, 2017, arraigned two Customs officers, Mamudu Hassan and Salisu Danjuma, alongside Oscar Orkafor, Donatus Achinulo and Matthew Okoye, before Justice Ayotunde Faji on charges of illegal importation of fire arms, conspiracy, forgery and altering of documents, offering of graft to government officials and importation of prohibited goods.
They were arrested January 30, 2017.