Iranian Accused of Importing Arms to Nigeria Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison
An Iranian, Azim Aghajani, together with his accomplice, Usman Abbas Jega, who were accused of importing sophisticated weapons into Nigeria has been sentenced to 5 years imprisnment by a Lagos court. Also sentenced is his Nigerian.
Aghajani, believed to be a member of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard had in October 2010,smuggled into the country, 13 containers laden with assorted weapons, but was intercepted in Lagos port.
Their origin of the containers 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.
Among the weapons found in the 13 containers are rockets and grenades were amongst the items found in his 13 containers which many believed are meant for insurgents groups terrorising the country.
The country has \been under heavy attacks from insurgents groups particularly, the dreaded Boko Haram sect whose source of funding and arms remain a mystery.
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