Insecurity: Importers threaten to expose dealers in illegal arms, sub-standard items




The Importers Association of Nigeria (IMAN) has warned all the importers of arms and ammunition and sub-standard items into the country to desist, threatening to expose behind the illegal activities leading to insecurity in Nigeria.

The association said it will do everything possible to assist the federal government on the efforts to end insecurity through all forms of illegal importation.

Speaking Friday in Abuja at it’s annual briefing and award ceremony, the IMAN’s chairman, Board of Trustee, High Chief Gilbert  E, said the current state of insecurity in the country was a serious concern to the association “and we are not happy about it.

“We also know that arms are coming to this country but I know IMAN will expose these importers very soon. We have a lot to do to assist the government but I will not disclose it here.”

The IMAN BoT chairman said it was high time federal government apreciate and give more recognition to the organisation because “IMAN is playing important role in Nigeria today, after the oil it is revenue from importers government depends on.”

Also speaking, the director general of IMAN, Amb. Chijioke  Okoro, said the association’s task force has been helping the government to fight a lot of economy sabotage, even as he assured to do more.

He said what IMAN was generating annuallh is enough to run the country if more efforts are deployed.

On the challenge of insecurity, Okoro said the organisation has bursted several arms importation, assuring that the organisation will do more.

He, however challenged all the officers nationwide to step up their games in exposing all the arms dealers.

“Though it is not easy but you must go back to your areas and step up your against those that are importing arms that criminals are using to kill Nigerians. We have taken this responsibility on us to check those who are bringing arms and substandard goods into this country.

“If I find out that in your area there is a form of sabotage, you as a commander in that area will be held responsible, we must assist this government to end insecurity, especially in the area of importation of arms and sub-standard goods.”

The IMAN’s event was also meant to honour former Inspector General of Police, Mike Okiro, among others.