Azim Aghajani, the Iranian who was accused and charged to a Lagos court for importing sophisticated weapons into Nigeria in October of 2010 has just been sentenced to 5 years imprisnment by a Lagos court. Also sentenced is his Nigerian accomplice, Usman Abbas Jega.
It would be recalled that in October of 2010, 13 containers laden with weapons were intercepted in Lagos port. Their origin was established to be from Iran and the importer ran into the Iranian embassy in Abuja before he could be arrested a situation that prompted a standoff that lasted until the Iranian foreign minister visited Nigeria and negotiated Aghajani's release to Nigerian security officials.
Aghajani is believed to be a member of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard. Rckets and grenades were amongst the items found in his 13 containers. Nigeria is currently facing an insurgency by Islamic terrorists whose source of funding and arms remain a mystery.Add a comment
Only in our dear continent, Africa, can this occur. Or perhaps not.
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2015: North should forget power now –Ezeife
Dr Chukwuemeka Pius Ezeife is one of the most respected voices in the South East. Blunt and down-to-heart, he makes no pretence about issues that concern the Igbo race. He likes calling a spade a spade, no matter whose ox is gored. In this interview, he insists that Igbo must have their own share of power before presidency returns to the North. Excerpts…
The debate of the PIB bill at the senate has revealed that 83 percent of oil wells in Nigeria belong to the cabal in North. What do you have to say about this? Add a comment
ATMs DISPENSE FAKE N1000 NOTES
THERE is a disturbing development in the banking industry as some banks’ Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) now dispense counterfeit currencies, particularly the N1000 notes, which is the highest denomination in the country.
A drama played out last week in Lagos when a customer who withdrew money from an old generation bank went to another bank few metres away to deposit part of the money in another bank, but was shocked when the cashier told him that some of the N1000 notes were fake. Efforts to explain the source of the money were rebuffed. The cashier and customers in that bank confirmed that the development was not strange but was now becoming rampant.
Another victim who withdrew some amount of money from an ATM in Ibadan was stunned when he was told by a cashier in his office, in an attempt to make some deposit, that two of the one thousand naira notes were fake.
Efforts by media to get response from the affected banks proved abortive as they claimed ignorance. Add a comment
12 People Shot During Mother's Day parade in New Orleans
As many as 12 people have been shot during a Mother's Day parade in the US city of New Orleans, police say.
Police Supt Ronal Serpas told reporters the victims included a 10-year-old who sustained a minor wound.
Local media, quoting officials, said three of the victims are in a critical condition.
TV station WWL-TV said three suspects were believed to have been involved and were still at large. It is unclear what sparked the shooting. Add a comment