UNODC Advocates Customs-Police Investigation Of Arms Importation

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The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has stressed the need for the Nigeria Custom Service to work in collaboration with the police for comprehensive investigation on the incessant importation of fire arms into the country through Tin  Can Island Port.

The UNODC that deals in organised crimes like drug, child and human trafficking, smuggling of fire arms, economic crimes, money laundering, corruption and terrorism base on UN conventions and protocols.

The agency reports that 2,671riffles were seized at the port in Lagos within the last eight months of this year by customs, a situation that has led to diplomatic row between Nigeria and the Turkey government.

Giving the advice in Lagos, the outgoing Country Representative of UNODC, Ms Cristina Albertin,  said the global agency’s collaboration with neighboring countries, regions and across border nations was very important to check organised crime.

Albertin said a thorough investigation with the police would expose what had happened and who brought the rifles among others.

“Yes, we are aware that fire arms were seized in the country by the Customs. After the seizure I think they need to investigate to find out who and who were involved.

“In organised crime of this nature, be it drugs, fire arms and other illicit products, thorough investigation is important," she said.

She, however, noted that this had not happened.

“After the final investigation, those involved in the crime must be punished and convicted accordingly.”

The outgoing representative said that UNODC, a global organisation, had been working with UN member countries.

"I think it is not only good enough to work within the country but also in coordination with neighbouring countries.






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