Iranian minister in Nigeria after weapons seizure

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
November 12, 2010 12:55

ABUJA, Nigeria — Iran's foreign minister, who flew to Nigeria amid accusations that his government illegally sent weapons into this country, has authorized local security officials to interview one of the two Iranians implicated in the shipment, Nigeria's foreign minister said Friday.

"Following my very productive meeting with the Iranian foreign minister last night, he immediately directed that access be given to our security agencies to interview this individual," Nigerian Foreign Minister Odein Ajumogobia told a news conference. He said it's believed the man, Azimi Agajany, has sought refuge in the Iranian Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria's capital.

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki's visit late Thursday came after Nigerian authorities concluded Iran's government was behind the shipment containing artillery rockets and other weapons, according to internal Nigerian government documents seen by The Associated Press. The weapons cache was seized on Oct. 26 in Lagos' huge seaport.


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