Iranian Arms Imports To Nigeria: The Men Who Did It- A Report By Daily Trust Newspapers, Abuja

Daily Trust newspapers, Abuja

Named importers: Sheikh Ali Abbas Othman; Mr. Azimi Agajany; Mr. Sayed Akbar Tahmaesebi and Mal. Aliyu Oroje Wamakko.

Sheikh Ali Abbas Othman Hassan, better known in Nigerian activist Muslim circles as Sheikh Abbas Jega, was the man who facilitated the importation of the controversial arms consignment into Nigeria, Daily Trust learnt from top security sources in Abuja yesterday. It was Sheikh Abbas who issued invitations to the two Iranian businessmen who imported the arms to come to Nigeria and thus helped them to secure visas, the sources said. His name was also given on the shipping documents as the owner of the 13 containers in Nigeria. The Sheikh is currently in Tehran.

On the other hand, the two Iranian businessmen who actually arranged for the imports, Mr. Azimi Agajany and Mr. Sayed Akbar Tahmaesebi, Daily Trust learnt, are currently holed up in the Iranian Embassy in Abuja. They had arrived in Nigeria to facilitate the receiving and re-export of the weapons consignment and when Nigerian security agents seized the goods, they fled into the Embassy grounds, regarded in international law as sovereign Iranian territory.


Daily Trust also learnt that after the containers arrived at the Apapa Ports in July, an attempt was made to clear them by Malam Aliyu Oroje Wamakko, a retired Senior Inspector of Customs who is into goods clearing business. Wamakko is the only man currently being held by the State Security Service [SSS] in connection with the arms cargo, Daily Trust also learnt.

Daily Trust learnt that Sheikh Abbas, holder of a National Certificate of Education [NCE] from the Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, has been very active in Muslim activist circles since the mid-1980s. He first went to Iran on a student visa in the early 1990s and subsequently began to work for the Hausa Service of Radio Tehran, a work that he still does. The Sheikh, who is about 45 years old, also visits Nigeria regularly and delivers lecturers at various Muslim fora around the country. Daily Trust learnt from his associates that he occasionally imports some goods from Iran, notably ceramics and Islamic literature.

According to our sources, of the two Iranian businessmen now hiding in Abuja, the Foreign Ministry was able to confirm that Agajany obtained a visa from the Nigerian Embassy in Tehran upon Abbas’ recommendation, but it is believed that Tahmaesebi obtained his visa from another, yet to be determined embassy.

Daily Trust learnt that when the arms import scandal broke last week, Foreign Ministry officials in Abuja summoned the Iranian Ambassador to Nigeria and demanded that he hands over the two businessmen for questioning. Sources said although the ambassador did not deny that they were hiding in the embassy, he asked for three days from last Friday to consult with his government.

Daily Trust also learnt that the Iranian Foreign Minister, Manouchehr Mottaki, who is currently on a tour of West African countries, arrived in Benin Republic from Ghana yesterday and could come to Nigeria this week to help break the impasse. Sources further said the Nigerian Ambassador to Iran, Alhaji Abubakar Chika Sarkin Yaki, has been in Nigeria trying to organise meetings of the Nigeria-Iran Joint Commission and is now working to solve the crisis.

According to security sources, the clearing agent Wamakko’s attempt to clear the goods from the Apapa Ports since its arrival in July was frustrated by the absence of two key papers: Form M and RAR, or Risk Assessment Report. When it became impossible to clear the goods, Wamakko and the Iranian businessmen applied for permission to re-export the goods to The Gambia. This ultimately led to the goods’ seizure and the discovery of the arms cache.

Wamakko, who is now being held by the SSS, retired from the Nigeria Customs Service in 2007 and promptly waded into politics, contesting for the Wamakko/Kware Federal house seat on the platform of the Democratic Peoples Party [DPP]. After losing the election, he went into goods clearing at the ports.

Daily Trust learnt from some security sources yesterday that the Israeli government’s claim that the weapons were meant for Hamas in the Gaza Strip was apparently true because Iran is the main weapons supplier to Hamas and the Lebanese Hezbollah groups through many secret channels. The sources also pointed out that the Iranian businessmen and Wamakko tried to take the consignment out of Nigeria.

Diplomatic sources told Daily Trust that the Federal Government was keen to resolve the developing crisis over the arms import because Nigeria and Iran have an important partnership, being co-members of OPEC, the G-8, the G-15, the Organisation of Islamic Conference [OIC] and the Non-Aligned Movement. However, the Foreign Ministry was insistent that the only way to avoid a row in relations is to allow the SSS access to Agajany and Tahmaesebi now holed up in the Iranian Embassy.

Associates of Sheikh Ali Abbas Othman told Daily Trust yesterday that he was in Nigeria for about a month earlier this year and that he was frequently seen with Wamakko, the clearing agent. The associates also told Daily Trust that Sheikh Abbas introduced many Iranians to the Nigerian Embassy in Tehran over the years for the purpose of acquiring visas and may not have known that the consignment contained weapons.

It will be recalled that on Tuesday last week, security agents in Lagos intercepted 13 containers that contained a variety of weapons, including rocket launchers and rockets. The containers, loaded in India, were brought to Apapa Port last July by the ship MV. The ship’s owners have since denied knowledge of the weapons inside the containers, saying they were delivered to it sealed. Israeli sources later told Associated Press that the weapons were from Iran and were meant for Hamas in the Gaza Strip.



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If people really knew whats going on una go pick race.
Una never see anything.
Wait small,no be nigeria we dey?


"in d city",as a true Hausa Muslim who does not subscribe to killing or ethno-religious crises,what do you say about this verse in the Noble Quran 9:29 "Fight those who believe not in God and the Last Day and do not forbid what God and His Messenger have forbidden--such men as practice not the religion of truth, being of those who have been given the Book--until they pay the tribute out of hand and have been humbled."
AddittionallSahih Muslim, Book 041, Number 6930:
Nafi' b. Utba reported: We were with Allah's Messenger in an expedition that there came a people to Allah's Apostle from the direction of the west. They were dressed in woolen clothes and they stood near a hillock and they met him as Allah's Messenger was sitting. I said to myself: Better go to them and stand between him and them that they may not attack him. Then I thought that perhaps there had been going on secret negotiation amongst them. I however, went to them and stood between them and him and I remember four of the words (on that occasion) which I repeat (on the fingers of my hand) that he (Allah's Messenger) said: You will attack Arabia and Allah will enable you to conquer it, then you would attack Persia and He would make you to Conquer it. Then you would attack Rome and Allah will enable you to conquer it, then you would attack the Dajjal and Allah will enable you to conquer him. Nafi' said: Jabir, we thought that the Dajjal would appear after Rome (Syrian territory) would be conquered.

Ibn Kathir’s Commentary (Tafsir) provides additional theological and historical context for verse 29. Commenting on verse 29 we read: (words in [ ] brackets are mine):

Therefore, when People of the Scriptures disbelieved in Muhammad they had no beneficial faith in any messenger or what the Messengers brought. Rather, they followed their religions because this conformed with their ideas, lusts and the ways of their forefathers, not because they are Allah’s Law and religion. Had they been true believers in the religions, that faith would have directed them to believe in Muhammad because all Prophets gave the good news of Muhammad’s advent and commanded them to obey and follow him. Yet when he was sent, they disbelieved in him, even thought he is the mightiest of all Messengers. Therefore, their claimed faith in an earlier Prophet will not benefit them because they disbelieved in the master, the mightiest, the last and most perfect of all Prophets. Hence Allah’s statement [our verse in question – 9:29].

This honorable ayah (passage) was revealed with the order to fight the People of the Book, after the pagans were defeated, the people entered Allah’s religion in large numbers, and the Arabian Peninsula was secured under the Muslim’s control. Allah commanded His Messenger to fight the People of the Scriptures, Jews and Christians, on the ninth year of Hijrah, and he prepared his army to fight the Romans and called the people to Jihad announcing his intent and destination
Kathir wrote:

Allah said, "until they pay the Jizyah," if they do not choose to embrace Islam, "with willing submission", in defeat and subservience, "and feel themselves subdued," disgraced, humiliated and belittled. Therefore, Muslims are not allowed to honor the people of Dhimmah or elevate them above Muslims, for they are miserable, disgraced and humiliated.

Are these teachings not true?What you stand for contradicts these teachings.



strange weapons

We can now see why there is no light in Nigeria. When a country is in darkness anything goes. How can a country without light manages and secures her surroundings? Nigeria has long, long way to go. For the nation to excel, let there be light, road networks, provision of federal, interstate, states helicopters, highly trained police personnel. Wake up Nigeria! Wake up! Nigeria is riddled with serious amount of ignorance despite the elites in our society. This is the prize of corruption. Nobody cares about the country except the money they make out of it. For how long, Nigerians? For how long should we continue to punish ourselves? What a shame? My heart bleeds for our noble Nigeria.

Hasty conclusion may be distracting

I do not believe that weapon is meant for Nigeria. We have not gotten to that level yet. Those weapons are meant for situations of total warfare. Except a man is ready and prepared to wage total war against this country, he would not think of importing such deadly weapons. I think IBB wanted to "rule" this country and not to ruin it.
Let me sound it loud and clear that i am not one of the admirers of the evil man called IBB. Far from it. I just believe his evil mind could not fathom this kind yet.

Na IBB import de weapons.

Na Babangida import the weapons, make we no dey beat about the bush. Dat na de reason why daily trust dem dey haste try divert our attention. De truth go soon come out. Make una wait.

Weapon Cache in Nigeria

Ibori and his cronies are behind this scheme. Weapon meant for MEND and probably paid for by IBORI. Nigeria was lucky to have intercepted this cache. A serious blow to MEND. Now that Nigeria knows who is behind MEND, keep sustain pressure on them and they will fall apart.

to d accusers of northerners & hausa/muslims

To those who accuses nothern hausa muslims on importation weapons 4 whatever reason. Pls its a matter dat bothers on national security, there is no need 4 sentiments, there is no religion or tribe dat will encourage killing of any life neither can it encourage war/crisis especially in a nation like Nigeria. D arms imported 2 nigeria can not b a yardstick 4 conclusions or castigating d notherners, hausas or muslims. As d SSS r investigating d matter, we should not distract them by making biase comments dat can affect objectivity in their intelligence gathering. We should rather help them with more useful informations 2 facilitate their finding. Iam a hausa muslim, but does dat make me an advocate of killing, war, terrorism or ethno-religious crisis?


i really want all stake holders in the Nigerian state to shield sword. we should not distract our security organs by all this insinuations that is heating up the our already fragile polity. this development has further smeared our battered image. pls caution everybody.


This is very dangerous for the peaceful co-esixistence of Nigeria. Why should people imports weapons meant for one country through another country, all in the name of Jihadism.

Ahmadinejah should stop his hostile and war songs he has been singing its tunes and dancing to it, all this while. He may be the biggest casualty at the end. He should learn to be lover of peace.

Why on earth should a man like that keep supporting unrest globally. He has warned that during his Nuclear Weapon test and the Unmanned fighter bomber that the weapons are for peace and death to the enemy. Why this, for God's sake.

GEJ should severe all diplomatic ties with Iran if they refused to refuse those culprits hiding in the Iranian embassy in Abuja.

It's a clear case that Ahmadinejah has started stockpiling arms for the Northern muslim extremists to cause terror in our most peaceful country.

The SSS and other security operatives should keep a very close tab on the hiding men in Abuja with a view to bringing them to justice.

We should not rule out the possibility of those weapons being meant for Nigeria. Why this time? All because some people want to hold on to power forcefully against the wish of the people. God forbids!

WELL DONE the Customs and other security operatives in Nigeria. Keep on doing your BEST for your motherland and keep her safe from any external or internal aggression. God will keep on protecting you and your entire family.

hope for united nigeria.

pls whoever u r,thats not a nice thing to say about the notherners..two wrongs cant make a right.dont forget their are northerners that support GEJ too and also southerners that do not support GEJ..u need to get an anger manangement session.!!!!!!!!!!..


The importation of the level of the recovered arms should not be politicised. Illegal arms is criminal in Nigerian Laws. Notably, the custom agent is a Nigerian, his arrest will cause opening to identify the Nigerians that are behind the mask.

I'm not sure of the Isreali Agent

meanwhile how are we sure that it was an Isreali agent that granted that interview to AP.Libya has a port right? Why don't they use their port or Algeria's or Morrocco? Why 9JA? Its clear that the arms are meant for us and not for hamas. Iranians building a motor plant! please it maybe a conduit pipe to import arms. Other countries are attracting BMW,TATA,etc and the iranians are here. Please lets manage with Innoson and Annamco assembly plants until we'll get to the level that we'll attract western nations.

International inquiry needed

An international inquiry backed by the UN is needed to answer some pertinent quetions.Such quetions includes;
the specific origin of the weapons within Iran

ppl like you are what nigeria is looking for

I love the way you talk its a fact

Wow. even when its clear

Wow. even when its clear these arms werent coming here we still want to blame anti Jonathan forces. This problem is bigger than we think o! 1st class diplomatic mess. and @M Deke youre a moron yourself. Havent you read the SR is reposting from the Tribune havent you read the international media on this issue? unblock your head and free yaself abeg.
I pray GEJ has the team to deal with this mess. I hear Iranians were investing in a motor plant here. no nore o!

Let us not be deceived!These

Let us not be deceived!These weapons were discovered because intelligence sent out tips about them.What happened to prior shipments?Can we account for all the weapons used by the militants and for political thuggery?
These were master-minded by some top people in our country......They know themselves.We are yet to hear about the real sponsors.Soon,patience is indeed important.But in the time being,this is not about Muslims or Christians.After all,whatever happens in Nigeria is because we have a lawless country full of corrupt leaders.If not for God,who knows what would be happening right now to us,,,,the masses.God have mercy.
I agree to treat everyone involved in this as terrorists.The whole world is watching!

Those failed to add water and nutrients to the seed of God.Die!

Let Nigerians stop beating about the bush,the arms was imported to destroy Nigeria by Northerners for
those beating on their chest that God sent seed will not germinate and restore the lost image of Nigeria.The only way Nigerians will know the real Northerners finance and sponsored the importation of deadly weaponry to Nigeria,by granting SSS access to interrogate the two Iranians holed up in Iranian Embassy in Abuja.Is a pity for those believing the arms was meant for Hamas in the Gaza,and the importer decided to clear the containers at Apapa Wharf and convey it on Lorry or by plane to Hamas in the Gaza?Mr President never you rest on your paddle till you take Nigerians to the promised land,never pant,those Northerners Pharoah will soon be drawn inside red sea.

A BIG MINUS TO Ahmedinejad ! SHAME ON Ahmedinejad !

For the fact that it originated from IRAN is a big blow to tha Iranian government. What justification do they have now for the true purpose of the uranium enrichment what'ever? This has shown that Ahmedinejad is PURE EVIL. He does not represent ISLAM. Its 100% certain that he knows about this. We dont want to see him around AFRICA if this is what he promotes. He his a bloody COWARD who can't take his fight to the necessary place directly. Tthis shows Ahmedinejad is into weapon proliferation. I wont be surprised if he is responsible for arms in places like SOMALIA, infact anywhere the TALIBANS are. Ahmedinejad ROT IN HELL!

Nigerians still confused

why are we so concern on resolved problem and why are we always in conflict with each other,this issue had already been solved as the ppl behind its importation are clearly known it depend on the govt to decide but there are ppl holding deadly arms and are still using it,look at Mend and the ppl who calling for be separated.....are they not deadly than those weapon recovered pls lets get back to our senses and build a better Nigeria

Nigeria Must Ask Sever Diplomatic Ties With Iran ASAP

Dear President Jonathan,

As a concerned Nigerian citizen, I sincerely urge you to listen to my fellow Nigerians and sever diplomatic ties with Iran immediately.

Iran is a known sponsor of state terrorism and I don't see how they can absolve themselves of this issue. It is a known fact that they were involved in the insurgency and sectarian violence in Iraq. If you're not convinced, I'm sure your access to the White House and the U.S. State Department will prove otherwise.

Mr. President, what you need to ask yourself is why now and why so much if not for the purpose of wreaking havoc in Nigeria. The ones intercepted are the ones known. Do we know if there are more that we do not know about? Naming Palestine as the ultimate destination is nothing but an excuse. And what if Palestine is the destination why use Nigeria as the transit point? We need to make an example of Iran. If you don't other nations will view Nigeria as a weak state and use that as a reason to use her as a dumping ground.

I hope and pray that the major cities in Nigeria do not become what we used to see on TV in Baghdad and other major Iraqi cities.

May God Bless Nigeria.

A Concerned Nigerian

weapon recvery in Nigeria

You can imagine how many quantities of this type of weapons that has been delivered to different state in Nigeria from different countries of the world by those who did not want peace Nigeria.May be Iranian president coming to Nigeria some few months ago was to sell weapons of mass destruction to some politicians in Nigeria. The so call selfish, wicked
and senseless politician in Nigeria did not have the love of that country Nigeria at heart. All they are after is how to steal,oppress and to kill the poor masses with the weapon they ordered forgetting that one day those killers they give the guns to will surely one day turn it on them and their family. Some even deceive the poor masses with religion, because of the blindness in every religion circle in Nigeria.

Gaza ko Gaza ni !

The Israeli had better stick to what they know how to do best i.e. Killing innocent women and children of Gaza. This is primarily Nigerian problem and it's all about the election next year. Tell Jonathan to keep snoring, a rude awakening awaits him.

get whoever is involved and

get whoever is involved and treat them like terorists.

Arms and Amunition

From all indications, the destroying gadgets are purposely made for use in Nigeria. Na wind wey blow comot the yach of their hen. Make we no sleep on the matter samsam. Iran na bad country every body in the whole world knows. Relating with devil without long spoon go land one in trouble in the nearest future. In my own opinion, make Nigeria throw way wetin dem call relationship with Iran and strengthen its relationship with other nations like US, Japan, Germany etc that can have possitive impart on Nigerians. Enough of these cheats. JONATHAN, I pity U. U dey waka with devil,thinking U can manage it. Infact, if the Iranian Ambassador to Nigeria refuses to produce those baggers, i suggest we terminate our relationship with the country and destroy the goods. The statement credited to Israeli Government concerning the goods na nonsense and arranged. We should not be fooled this time.
JONATHAN, wake up.
Nigeria is filled with people of selfish intention at the helm of its affairs.May GOD save this country.

Long live 'Nigeria'.

u do care about the world

u only care about the world don`t u?was that ur mission to the world,All these that u mention meant nothing to God Almighty.I remember a friend of mine friday,who one day says it means nothing to be a muslim,when I ask y he said those that envents car,train,electricity,etc,are all christian which of the muslim u had his name therein the list,so is that why u are a christian,he say yes.then keep quit,cos I don`t want to cause more argument.I don`t know why u people always talk about religion,religion all the time!U the hausa christian u re more of talking those kind of thing,who ask u not practice ur religion?please know how u talk,without putting religious matter inside!!

Weapons cache

This same Iranians invaded the American embassy, grabed some hostages until there was a change in US government. After Atlanta'96 when Eagles beat Brasil and Argentina, Nigerian embassies were burnt to rubbles. Nigerians at home, this is the time to put your knuckles where your mouth is. If you can't get two lowly Iranians ducking inside a building, forget the noise about facing up to the Ciroma gang when push comes to shove.

Iran has been fanning global radicalism and the corrupt Nigerian system is easy access. The Isrealis know their brothers within Nigeria and should employ all tactics to contain Islamic extremism no matter where it orignates. Go to the Palestian side and see how they've destroyed age-old Christian institutions and sites. Not in a thousand years should Jerusalem be ceeded to them. They simply have no respect or tolerance for other faiths.
The same with Hausa/Fulanis of Nigeria.

It's never too late to make a correction, now that other ethnicities have seen the futility of living with these Islamists, I believe its time to split the country along the present day zones.

u do not ask such a question

I think there is no specific time of appointing a person,Is Ibgo man not a human being?what if it is u?u mean u cannot handle it?this is the right time for some one to prove him self.So please do not ask that,for God sake we are all Nigerians let do what is right and forget about this is Igbo,Yuroba or Hausa.

Look Ahead

The cacophony is expected. It is much easier and even more credible to believe that the weapons are actually meant for Nigeria. The sequence of events gives credence to that.Several prominent norhern leaders have either openly declared or inferred in the recent past that Nigeria would be made ungovernable if Jonathan contests the next election. These same cabal wanted Jonathan to resign when it became clear that Yar Adua would not survive or was already dead. And then the independence day blasts and the reactions of Ciroma, IBB and other northern leaders. And add arms importation by Iranians through a Nigerian Jihadist or Al Qaida.Factor in the earlier intelligence about the Al Qaida link. Input the sudden escalation of Boko Haram killings in the north and resurgence of vilolence in Jos.
If you top it with the die hard attitude and disposition of some disgraced leaders from the north who think that the presidency must be theirs or nobody's irrespective of their non accptability by the people they seek to govern. These people do not represent the interest of the north. They use the north or their gullibility to pursue their narrow interests.
War is a very nasty thing. The civil war fought for 912 days should be a solid lesson. But make no mistake, another civil would be a hundred times worse. Even those fanning the embers of violence now may not survive it.
Let us live together in peace through superior argument, love and respect for one another,fear of God and not sectionalism, religious bigotry, hate, and promotion of selfish individual interests.
Nigeria today is deteriorating in nearly every aspect. We can only promote individual values through a collective dertermination to arrest this slide. At the current state of things in Nigeria, what do you see when you look ahead?


Thank you "Sultan Dasuki".Have you really failed us?No i dont think so.We have always looked on to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.Man is mere flesh.If you must have to know us before you embrace us,then pray for us than embrace us.Pray for the Church in Kano,the Church in Gusau,the Church in Tudun Wada,the Church in Rogo,the Church in Sangeku,the Church in Tsachafe,the Church in Malumfashi,the Church in Ikara,the Church in Wusasa,the Church in Makarfi,the Church in Roni,the Church in Samaila,the Church in Babado etc.We are there if you indeed want to embrace us.
Afterall,the first Northerner to qualify as a Medical Doctor is a Hausa Christian;Dr Barau Dikko(Katsina State)-1936,The first Northerner to qualify as a Pofessor of Medicine,Prof Ishaya Audu(Kaduna State) is a Hausa Christian,the First African to sit on the Board of the World Bank,Late John Maman Garba(Kano State)is a Christian,the first female African to be an Ambasador is late Amb Rhoda Mohammed(Katsina State) is a Hausa Christian,the first Nigerian female to be a deputy governor-Pamela Sadauki(Kaduna State)is a Hausa Christian,the first Professor from Kano State-Adamu Baikie is a Hausa Christian,the first Nigerian to serve as a Vice Chancellor outside the shores of Nigeria is a Hausa Christian from Kano State.
You my wish to know more.But save for time,you can reach me on

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