A Ship carrying arms and ammunition headed to Lagos has been intercepted by south-African authorities. South African police revealed on Thursday that they had captured a Russian ship carrying illegal weapons and explosives to Lagos, Nigeria.
The vessel, named Lada, had reportedly left Madagascar before stopping at Ngqura port outside the eastern city of Port Elizabeth, where it was detained after a security check on Sunday.
“We are aware that she has dangerous cargo, explosives and weapons on board,” Olwethu Mdabula, spokeswoman for the Transnet state transport company told AFP.
Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi, spokesman for the Hawks police investigative unit, confirmed to AFP that the vessel was carrying weapons.
“This is a very, very sensitive matter. It is receiving attention,” he said. Local reports said police had searched the vessel after an anonymous tip-off and found weapons and explosives worth about $3.5 million in 20 containers on board.