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Iranian pleads not guilty in Nigeria arms seizure

Iranian pleads not guilty in Nigeria arms seizure

An Iranian man charged with orchestrating an illegal arms shipment into Nigeria has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.
Azim Adhajani and his alleged accomplice, Nigerian national Usman Abbas Jega, both maintained their innocence during a surprise court hearing in Lagos, where security agents discovered the shipment Oct. 27.
Adhajani, accused of being an Iranian security agent, wore an untucked white polo shirt. He said he understood English "not very well" as a court official read the three charges against him.
Judge O.J. Okeke ordered the men held by Nigeria's secret police until a Feb. 15 trial.
Authorities have said an illegal shipment of military-grade arms that originated in Iran and passed through the port in Lagos was destined for Gambia.


Updated : 2021-10-24 11:20 GMT+08:00