Owners of arms impounded at the Tin Can Island port was revealed by customs


On Thursday, September 21, the Nigerian custom named Great James Oil and
Gas Ltd as the importer of the haul of 470
guns that was impounded at the Tin Can
Island port last week.

According to Daily Trust's investigation, three
individuals with residences in Abuja and
Lagos own the company named in the illegal
importation of arms.

The Customs boss Col Hameed Ali (rtd), said
Great James Oil and Gas Ltd used a vessel,
AVS Arkas Africa, to ferry the weapons into
Nigeria, but did not name the owners of the
company.

However Ayogu Cyril, Ayogu Kelvin and
Ayogu Great James registered the oil firm as
its directors on July 20, 2011 with RC 968675.

The investigation also showed that the three
directors used residential addresses in Kaura
District of the Federal Capital Territory and
Bariga area in Lagos, respectively, to register
the business.

Cyril and Great James gave the address of a
residential apartment, Suite 4, 4th Avenue,
Prince and Princess Estate in Kaura District,
Abuja while Kelvin gave the address of a
residential apartment at No. 25 Bariga road.

When Daily Trust visited the address in
Abuja, a guard informed them that the male
occupant was at home with his wife, but
declined the request to speak with his
employer, holding that his boss was not
expecting any visitor.

A vehicle was also spotted parked in front of
the building.
Another male guard, denied knowledge of the
said oil and gas firm or the occupant’s link to
it. He later went in and returned with a
response, saying his boss was equally
unaware of the said firm.

Other people in the area said they had no
knowledge of what the occupant was doing
for a living, and while others doubted if he
had a firm named Great James Oil and Gas
Ltd.

At the address given as the residence of
Kelvin located at No 25, Bariga Road, in the
Bariga Local Development Area of Lagos State
is a brown one-storey affair of six three
bedroom apartments.

The report also showed the building is mainly
residential.
All but one of the tenants were out when our
correspondent visited there yesterday. A chat
with the only person, who wouldn’t give his
name, said Kelvin actually lived there but had
packed out to his own house about two years
ago. He said he didn’t know the address of
Kelvin’s present residence.

On Thursday, the Customs CG said the firm
used the elbow plumbing plastic that it
declared in the bill of lading to deceive
officials about the concealed weapons.

He said the 470 weapons were found after
officers had subjected the 20-foot container
No. CMAU189817/8 to 100 per cent
examination.

Hameed Ali said his agency and other
security outfits were investigating the reasons
for the massive importation of arms into the
country.

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