Nigerian authorities seized a ship and arrested its 15 Russian crew members on suspicion of arms smuggling, after they found several guns and about 8,500 rounds of ammunition on the boat, the Navy said Today.
The vessel, which belonged to the Moran group of Moscow and was flying a Dutch flag, was intercepted over the weekend in Lagos, Navy spokesman Commodore Aliyu Kabiru said by telephone, according to Reuters.
There was no immediate comment from Moran. “The vessel was carrying 8,598 ammunition and different rifles. Investigations are still ongoing,” he said. He gave no further details.
A Navy source, who could not be named, said 22 Benelli MR1 rifles and several other automatic weapons were found.
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