South Africa Arrests Cargo Bringing Illegal Weapons To Nigeria
South Africa Intercepts Illegal Arms Headed For Nigeria
A Russian cargo vessel suspected of carrying illegal arms and headed for Nigeria from the US has been detained by South African authorities.
Naijafaze understands that authorities discovered explosives on board the vessel in the course of operations at the Port of Ngqura, just off the coast of Port Elizabeth.
The explosives and weapons, reportedly valued at about R50 million were discovered following a tip-off, after the ship had offloaded 14 containers at the port.
A company named Solar India reportedly dispatched the containers.
The tip-off was said to have alerted authorities to a further hidden 20 containers where the weapons were hidden.
The Hawks, a South African criminal investigative organisation, started the investigations following the tip off.
The vessel, named Lada, is currently anchored 15 kilometres off the Nelson Mandela Bay coastline.
The Nigerian Immigration Service in recent times have been reporting increasing discovery of arms illegally imported into the country.