Iran arms-smuggling case roils Nigeria

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
November 12, 2010 15:42

ABUJA, Nigeria — Nigeria will take actions against Iran if an investigation shows it violated international law and UN sanctions in an arms smuggling case, Nigeria's foreign minister said Friday.

"The consignment did originate from Iran," Nigerian Foreign Minister Odein Ajumogobia told a news conference. "That has been confirmed from our own shipping documents and the Iranian authorities have also confirmed that the consignment did originate from Iran."

"If Nigeria finds at the conclusion of the investigation that there has been a breach of international law, a breach of UN sanctions, Nigeria is a member of the UN Security Council (and) we will do what is necessary," Ajumogobia told reporters.

The artillery rockets and other weapons, loaded in 13 shipping containers that were labeled as building supplies, were seized on Oct. 26 at a port in Lagos, Nigeria.

An international cargo shipper based in France has said one of its ships picked up the containers from Bandar Abbas, a port in southern Iran.


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