Story By Izuchukwu Ozoemena.
The Nigeria Customs Service has issued a 30-day ultimatum to the importer of military wares alleged to belong to the government of Kogi State to produce the End-User Certificate from the Office of the National Security Adviser for the military gears.
Last week, Sen. Dino Melaye, representing Kogi West in the upper chamber, accused Governor Yahaya Bello of importing military gadgets into the country. Melaye asked the Senate to probe the procurement of the items.
The imported items include 100 pieces of military camouflage, 26 pieces of military camouflage jungle boots, 20 pieces of plastic knives, 24 pieces of black bullet proof vests, and 28 black boxing gloves.
Others are 26 pieces of arctic hunter bags, 40 pieces of training mats, 20 pieces of black batons, 100 pieces of black T-shirts, 31 pieces of protective glasses, 25 pieces of black sunglasses and 29 pieces of black uniform belts
As stated by Mr. Joseph Attah, the National Public Relations Officer of the Customs, the importer confessed that he was in possession of the End-User Certificate, a document which is usually issued by the National Security Adviser.
Attah said the importer was yet to be arrested even as the Service was still conducting investigations.
If the agent fails to produce the End-User Certificate at the expiration of the 30- day ultimatum, Attah said, the items would be forfeited to the federal government.
“We have identified the agent who imported the items and he claimed that he had the End-User Certificate.
“We have asked him to produce it. He has 30 days to do that. If after expiration of the 30 days period, he fails to produce the certificate, then the imported items would be forfeited to the Federal Government,” he said.