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Senate To Probe Illegal Importation Of Military Gear By Gov Yahaya Bello


The Senate on Thursday expanded the terms of reference given to its ad hoc committee investigating the interception of arms and ammunitions to probe alleged importation of military gears and ammunition by Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State.

Dino Melaye, Senator representing Kogi Central, on Thursday raised the alarm wherein he named an aide to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, and the state government of being behind military apparels illegally imported into the country.

Sen. Melaye, while raising a Point of Order on Thursday also disclosed that the said items have been impounded by the Nigerian Customs Service at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

According to the Senator who has been at daggers-drawn with the Governor, the items include: sewn military camouflages with bola hats, many bullet proof vests, night vision goggles, tactical boots, tactical knapsacks, training canvas, boxing gloves among others.

“Mr President, due to my private investigation, I got a very serious revelation yesterday and I am so happy that a committee constituted by the senate under the leadership of the ranking senator James Manager is in place.

”Mr President, few minutes ago, the Nigerian Customs intercepted sewn military camouflages with bola hats, many bullet proof vests, night vision goggles, tactical boots, tactical knapsacks, training canvas, boxing gloves etc.

“These items were intercepted by the Nigerian customs because they did not come with end user certificates. When you are bringing military equipment into the country they must come with end user certificate – certified by the National Security Adviser (NSA),” he said.

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