Senator Francis Fadahunsi has alleged that arms are being smuggled into the country through the animal market in Potiskum, Yobe State.
He said the border closure had failed to address the issue of arms smuggling. Fadahunsi, who is the Deputy Chairman of the Senate Committee on Customs and Exercise, said this is because nobody looks in that direction. He said the animals being brought into the country are not checked by anybody.
Fadahunsi also said the Malabo routes are unmanned, saying the Navy only concentrated on rice and petroleum products while arms smuggling, which he claimed is prevalent on the water routes from Badagry to Epe, Warri, Patani, Sapele, Port Harcourt, Eket, Oron and Lokoja down to Adamawa ad Kebbi, is overlooked.
“The routes through which arms and leather weapons come into Nigeria remain unchecked because there is no one looking in the direction. The animal market in Potiskum, Yobe State, is a cover-up route through which weapons are smuggled into the country.
“Who checks the camels, donkeys and other animals being moved in through our borders up North? Which papers do the importers of these livestock possess?
“The Malabo routes are still unmanned. Efforts by the Navy are on rice and petroleum products, nothing is heard of arms smuggling which is also prevalent on water routes from Badagry to Epe, Warri, Patani, Sapele, Port Harcourt, Eket, Oron and Lokoja down to Adamawa and Kebbi inland waterways, all with weak security.”