*Files charges in Court against all suspects
- Security agents on red alert to track the suspect at large – Says CGC Hameed Ali
(Report by Udeme Clement):
The top management of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), has said that there is no hiding place for a suspect linked to the smuggling of Pangolin scales and Elephant Tusks worth over N22.3billion in monetary value, who is currently at large.
The Comptroller-General of Customs -CGC Hameed Ali, gave the hint, during a press conference in Lagos.
CGC Ali, disclosed that the Service has already filled charges in Court against all the suspects involved in this illegal act.
This, he said, becomes necessary to speed up the process of prosecution.
Speaking further, the Customs boss informed that the seized Pangolin scales and Elephant Tusks cannot be destroyed immediately, as the items will be tendered as exhibits in Court during prosecution.
He revealed: ‘Already, three suspects, who are non-nationals had been arrested.
They are; Mr Traore Djakonba, Mr Isiak Musa and Mohammed Bereta. The kingpin, Mr Berete Morybinet, is on the run, thinking he can evade the long arm of the law”.
The CGC stressed that the culprits irrespective of their nationality must be brought to book, to serve as deterrent to others, as the law is no respecter of anyone.
His words; “Security agents at all entry and exit points are on red alert to track the suspect, to face prosecution.
He is therefore advised in his own interest, to surrender himself to NCS.
“The suspects arrested will soon have their date in Court, as NCS will leave no stone unturned in bringing them to justice.
“We will extend same treatment to any person; or organisation remotely connected to this illegality”.
The prohibited items fully loaded in 196 sacks, were intercepted by Customs Strike Force team, Zone ‘A’, under the supervision of DC A. Shuaibu, as the Coordinator.
The Strike Force officers deployed credible intelligence in their operations and successfully intercepted the items at
Eastern side of Ijeoma Street, Lekki, Lagos State.