IT IS FRANCE: RUSSIA 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP CHAMPION.

IT IS FRANCE: RUSSIA 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP CHAMPION.

ICHEOKU says they did it, deservedly and rightly earned; the boys from Paris. ICHEOKU says congratulations.

KAVANAUGH IS THE ONE: CONGRATULATIONS

KAVANAUGH IS THE ONE: CONGRATULATIONS.

ICHEOKU says he is coming with a clear-eyed view of what the United States of America constitution provides and will not legislate from the bench. ICHEOKU says definitely the right pick, so CONFIRM him now and right away and without any delay or much ado. Congratulation.

DEEP STATE IS REAL.


Lisa Page: “Trump is not ever going to become president, right? Right?!”


Peter Strzok: “No. No he’s not. We’ll stop it.”


ICHEOKU says if this is not corruption of the worst type, what else so qualifies? So sad the length these guys went to truncate the will of the American people; yet they will turn around and accuse other countries of corruption and you wonder is it only when money exchanges hands that there is corruption. Pitifully SAD.

OBSTRUCTION 101: THE VERDICT.

“The only obstruction President Trump committed was in obstructing Queen Crooked Hillary Clinton from the White House.” - Jesse Watters, Watters World.


PRESIDENT TRUMP: THE PROMISE KEEPER

“The United States no longer makes empty threats. When I make promises, I keep them.” - President Donald John Trump.

ICHEOKU says exactly why he is now fondly nicknamed the Promise Keeper and he keeps his promises, one promise at a time.

NUCLEAR BLACKMAIL IS UNACCEPTABLE.

America will not be held hostage to nuclear blackmail. We will not allow American cities to be threatened with destruction. And we will not allow a regime that chants “Death to America” to gain access to the most deadly weapons on Earth." - President Donald John Trump.


AG JEFF SESSIONS: WHAT DO THEY HAVE ON HIM?

ICHEOKU says what does the Deep State have on AG Jeff Sessions that has purchased his quiet and inaction over the excesses of the Russian Collusion witch hunt? Something definitely does not look right and apparently seems awry that the Attorney General appears so constricted to do anything to bring the never ending "investigation" to a conclusion. How much longer will the American people wait to have the matter concluded and what will it take. As a member of Team MAGA, from the basket of deplorables, who defended him when the president was threatening to fire him, ICHEOKU is not particularly satisfied with the "playing it safe" attitude which Jeff has adopted thus far and urge him to find any possible way to make the investigators finish their job immediately and without any further delay.


TONY ELUMELU: LETS MAKE HIM PRESIDENT.

ICHEOKU says he has all it takes to turn Nigeria around and Make Nigeria Great Again. He is highly cerebral; he is well traveled and is highly exposed internationally; he is a doer with a can-do spirit and attitude which translates to impossible is nothing as it does not exists in his dictionary; he is fully accomplished person who turned around the nearly moribund behemoth UBA and created thousands of jobs both in Nigeria and overseas; and above all, he is youthful and has age on his side and you ask yourself, what else is anyone looking for in a leader for Nigeria that is on bended knees and begging for leadership other than a man with his proven record. If he can do this in the private sector, he can also mission accomplish such in the public sector and resuscitate a Nigeria that is in distress. CHEOKU is emphatic that Tony Elumelu is a highly qualified, fit and proper person to lead Nigeria out of its present woods of near comatose and under performing achievements. Lets go to work Nigerians and make his candidature both viable and achievable. We can do this fellas; so lets urge Tony to run, run Tony run and together lets Make Nigeria Great Again. If Trump can do it, so can Tony.


SYRIA WARNED TO DESIST OR BE BOMBED AGAIN.

"If the Syria regime uses this poisonous gas again on its people, it will be bombed again. The United States of America is locked and loaded. When our president draws a redline, our president enforces the redline." - Nikki Haley, United States of America Ambassador to the United Nations.


VLADIMIR PUTIN: WHENEVER HE IS READY!

VLADIMIR PUTIN: WHENEVER HE IS READY!

ICHEOKU says Russia's Vladimir Putin has one good opportunity to finally move back into the comity of civilized nations and stop his despotic mentality which always sees him flocking amidst his fellow dictators. But if he choses to remain in the cold and remain in Kremlin where he has been holed in since 1999, too bad. His too long stay in power is only damaging Russia but not helping it; and gradually turning Russia into a third world country where only one man dictates what goes on in the country. Putin, change your ways; let true democracy reign in Russia. Salute

JOHN BOLTON: THE NEW NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER.

JOHN BOLTON: THE NEW NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER.

ICHEOKU says you cannot get a more American American and he is a hardcore America First nationalist as they come. President Donald John Trump's pick to succeeded fired National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster is the real deal. He is a hard-nosed American First protagonist, who does not shy away from projecting America's power through strength and who is not afraid to have America go it alone if need be. ICHEOKU says hopefully the president has found the very person who will help him achieve and implement his policy objectives in John Bolton. But as far as MAGA and AF agendas are concerned, Ambassador John Bolton is one heck of a good pick and a right fit for the job. He will help President Donald John Trump with doing his job for the American people. ICHEOKU says congratulations to the Mustachioed One. Let the governance of MAGA now really begin.


A FACEBOOK CENSORED WORLD: LIMITING FREE SPEECH

A FACEBOOK CENSORED WORLD: LIMITING FREE SPEECH

ICHEOKU says they pretend to be guardians of free speech but wants to tele-guide other peoples thinking by limiting what they can freely say; especially if you are a conservative and holds opinions which are favorable of President Donald John Trump and critical of Queen Crooked Hillary Clinton. Unfortunately, they will not succeed but can only force people to opt out of the live wasting exercise of gluing one's eyeballs to the platform. An exercise which does not add anything of value to users, nor pays them anything for helping them bring more eyeballs to the portal. Instead of being grateful that people are helping them bilk advertisers of billions of dollars with their riveted eyeballs, they now want to micromanage everyone's thought as if they are doing one a favor by letting them waste their time using Facebook. ICHEOKU says will not be cowered nor intimidated; they can block ICHEOKU all the heck they want but ICHEOKU will not bow to Facebook's attempt to control ICHEOKU's thoughts and would rather permanently part ways with the Mark Zuckerberg globalist weapon of mass control than kowtow to a group thinking. To hell with this attempt to exact undue control and turn everyone into a herd mind.


THE RUSSIAN COLLUSION: DEALT A FATAL BLOW.


"There is no allegation in this indictment that any American was a knowing participant in this illegal activity. There is also no allegation in the indictment that the charged conduct altered the outcome of the 2016 election." - Rod Rosenstein, Deputy Attorney General of the United States of America.

ICHEOKU says this determination, for every intent and purpose, now lays to rest the "Collusion with the Russians" hogwash; as nobody can be guilty of an offense which requires awareness to ground when he or she is not aware of it. Collusion is a conspiracy and requires a proactive participation coupled with a guilty knowledge to bring about the purpose of the conspiracy. Therefore, when will the Special Counsel address the nation and tell Americans that there is no there, there, in the Russian Collusion investigation and save America further bleeding both in resources, time and unity. Enough of the sore loser antics of the Democratic Party which does not know how to take a loss and learn to work to fix what went wrong, instead of continuously pointing a finger at a mirage that is the Russian Collusion, in its bid to find something to blame for its ineptitude that led to the epochal loss of November 8th, 2016.

FBI MEMO SCANDAL: OBAMA WAS IN THE LOOP


"POTUS WANTS TO KNOW EVERYTHING WE ARE DOING." - Lisa Page to boyfriend Peter Strzok, two FBI officials.


ICHEOKU says the POTUS then was President Barack Hussein Obama, who had previously denied and lied to the American people that he does not dabble into any FBI's investigative matter. Really?


AMERICA IS HERE TO STAY - PDJT

AMERICA IS HERE TO STAY - PDJT

"Americans fill the world with art and music. They push the bounds of science and discovery. And they forever remind us of what we should never ever forget: The people dreamed this country. The people built this country. And it's the people who are making America great again. As long as we are proud of who we are, and what we are fighting for, there is nothing we cannot achieve. As long as we have confidence in our values, faith in our citizens, and trust in our God, we will not fail. Our families will thrive. Our people will prosper. And our Nation will forever be safe and strong and proud and mighty and free." - President Donald John Trump.


IT IS ONE YEAR TODAY, HURRAY!

IT IS ONE YEAR TODAY, HURRAY!
ICHEOKU says congratulations to President Donald John Trump for successfully steering America's ship of States for a full year. What the naysayers said will not happen is a reality which they are finding extremely difficult to live with. But their preferences notwithstanding, Make America Great Again is on course and nobody will torpedo it. Once again, congratulations to the leader of Team MAGA on the anniversary of his being sworn in as the 45th POTUS.

ICHEOKU'S MAN OF THE YEAR 2017: PRESIDENT DONALD JOHN TRUMP

ICHEOKU says following an examination of so many nominated individuals, we have determined that this year 2017's man of the year is President Donald John Trump, the 45th President of the United States of America. He came into office shooting on both hips and as the year draws to an end, his both guns are still firing and smoking. For standing up to the world and starring down American detractors and being the cheerleader and champion in chief of America, the leader of Team Make America Great Again has earned ICHEOKU's man of the year award 2017. Congratulations to President Donald John Trump.

JERUSALEM IS ISRAEL'S ETERNAL CAPITAL - PDJT

JERUSALEM IS ISRAEL'S ETERNAL CAPITAL - PDJT
ICHEOKU says a wisdom of Solomon come to judgment; it is about time the child is given to the rightful mother. Salute to the courage of President Donald John Trump.

AMERICA STRONG!

"Together with our allies, America's warriors are prepared to defend our nation using the full range of our unmatched capabilities. No one — no dictator, no regime and no nation — should underestimate, ever, American resolve."


RUSSIAN COLLUSION: EVIDENCE FOUND!

RUSSIAN COLLUSION: EVIDENCE EMERGES!

ICHEOKU says Queen Crooked Hillary Clinton was caught pants down colluding with the Russians and she has been trying so hard to pull the wool over the eyes of American people over whodunnit. What a lying, contriving, manipulative woman she is, who lies so easily that you wonder whether truth actually exists in her lexicon. Pitiful.

RUSSIAN DOSSIER: PAID FOR BY HILLARY CLINTON

RUSSIAN DOSSIER: PAID FOR BY CLINTON

ICHEOKU says finally the circle is about being completed and American people and the world at large will come to know who in fact did the collusion. Queen Crooked Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Congress paid Fusion GPS to produce the fake Russian dossier which former CIA chief James Clapper said was the basis for the Trump investigation. Yet, the investigation is still ongoing, despite the now established fact that the basis of it was a manufactured phony. But hey, we shall see.


ICHEOKU says still wondering WHAT HAPPENED and the reason 33,000 emails were deleted and bleach washed? Hopefully American people will soon confirm their suspicion that those shouting themselves hoax with Russian Collusion might indeed be the ones who actually colluded with the Russians. So much for the Russian Reset button. Queen Crooked Hillary Clinton, simply too crooked.


GLAD TO BE CARRIED TO FULL TERM.

GRATEFUL TO BE CARRIED FULL TERM

ICHEOKU says another lucky one that survived the abortionist's pincers from the over 360,000 unlucky ones that get flushed out each year. May God help us all have a better resolution about unwanted pregnancies.


JUST SAY NO TO KNEELING: IT IS UN-AMERICAN.

JUST SAY NO TO KNEELING: IT IS UN-AMERICAN.
ICHEOKU says from being disrespectful to the flag to being unappreciative of the services of the military to overall being anti America; NFL players must learn to check their political activism outside the stadiums. They must not kneel on our dime. ICHEOKU supports the president 1000% on this and hereby calls on every player to respect the sensibilities of the many differently opined fans who paid to watch a game and not to be made mad by their personal political agenda.

IPOB: NOT A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION - USA


“The United States Government is strongly committed to Nigeria’s unity. Important political and economic issues affecting the Nigerian people, such as the allocation of resources, are worthwhile topics for respectful debate in a democracy. Within the context of unity, we encourage all Nigerians to support a de-escalation of tensions and peaceful resolution of grievances. The Indigenous People of Biafra is not a terrorist organization under US law.” - Russell Brooks, United States of America.

HILLARY CLINTON LOST THE ELECTION - CHARLES SCHUMER

HILLARY CLINTON LOST THE ELECTION - CHARLES SCHUMER

"When you lose to somebody who has a 40 percent popularity, you don’t blame other things — Comey, Russia — you blame yourself. So what did we do wrong? People didn’t know what we stood for, just that we were against Trump. And still believe that." - Senator Charles Schumer, Senior Senator from the State of New York and Democratic Minority Leader in the Senate. ICHEOKU says the statement spoke volume and it spoke for itself. Finally it seems the Democrats have finally turned the corner and are now ready to face up to their abysmal performance in the last presidential election by acknowledging that the American people indeed choose Trump over their Hillary Clinton. Thankfully, they will also now rest their "Russians Did It" cockamamie and find a message they can present to the people and for the good of the country.. Time to move the process forward is now as American people did not buy into the crap of a Russian collusion which they tried unsuccessfully to sell to them.

North Korea PUT ON NOTICE

NORTH KOREA  PUT ON NOTICE: DON'T PUSH ME.
"North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. As I said, they will be met with the fire and fury and, frankly, power." - President Donald John Trump. ICHEOKU says the Michelin Tire midget at Pyongyang is definitely courting trouble and messing with the wrong man. He probably thinks Barack Obama the redline president is still in office; but unbeknownst to him there is a new sheriff in town and his name is Donald John Trump and he does not mess around. Hopefully China can rein in the little man before he commits mass suicide with his North Korean people.

NORTH KOREA: TOTAL ANNIHILATION NOW ON THE TABLE.

NORTH KOREA: TOTAL ANNIHILATION NOW ON THE TABLE.

ICHEOKU says once again the diminutive midget of Pyongyang has been advised to heed the resolution of the United Nations firm stand against his continuing provocations; and that the total wiping out of his North Korea is now an option should he force the hands of the United States of American military. In a statement by the Defense Secretary Jim Maddog Mattis over its latest nuclear test, the secretary said “Our commitment among the allies are ironclad. Any threat to the United States or its territories, including Guam, or our allies will be met with a massive military response, a response both effective and overwhelming. We are not looking to the total annihilation of a country, namely North Korea, but as I said, we have many options to do so.” ICHEOKU says does not really know the joker that guy has, but whatever it is will likely very soon be forced out. The world including ICHEOKU is waiting and watching.

BIAFRA EXIT FROM NIGERIA: A CALL TO DUTY

BIAFRA EXIT FROM NIGERIA: A CALL TO DUTY
ICHEOKU says the time has come and the time is now for the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra to be allowed to choose their self governance and exit from Nigeria going forward.. A referendum on the future of Biafra is a legitimate demand of the people and it is their right to so do. The people of the Nation of Biafra want to go their own way because of the hostilities from other member nations of Nigeria. Let the United Nations order a referendum and let the people decide their own Biafraexit.

PDJT ISSUES A VERDICT ON ISLAMIST TERRORISTS


"There can be no coexistence with this violence. There can be no tolerating it, no accepting it, no excusing it, and no ignoring it. Every time a terrorist murders an innocent person and falsely invokes the name of God, it should be an insult to every person of faith. Terrorists do not worship God; they worship death. If we do not act against this organized terror, then we know what will happen and what will be the end result. Terrorism's devastation of life will continue to spread, peaceful societies will become engulfed by violence, and the futures of many generations will be sadly squandered. If we do not stand in uniform condemnation of this killing, then not only will we be judged by our people, not only will we be judged by history, but we will be judged by God." - President Donald John Trump.


BBOB: BRING BACK OUR BIAFRA

ICHEOKU says it is worth fighting for, self determination and it is not a crime for a people to aspire for self governance. Indigenous Peoples of Biafra are marching forward and hopefully they will soon get to the promised land. Viva Biafra.
#BringBackOurBiafra.





"When two raging fires meet together, they do consume the thing that feeds their fury. Though little fire grows great with little wind, yet extreme gusts do blow out fire." - William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew


WHAT REALLY MATTERS IN LIFE - STEVE JOBS

“I reached the pinnacle of success in the business world. In others’ eyes, my life is an epitome of success. However, aside from work, I have little joy. Non-stop pursuing of wealth will only turn a person into a twisted being, just like me. God gave us the senses to let us feel the love in everyone’s heart, not the illusions brought about by wealth. Memories precipitated by love is the only true riches which will follow you, accompany you, giving you strength and light to go on. The most expensive bed in the world is the sick bed. You can employ someone to drive the car for you, make money for you but you cannot have someone to bear sickness for you. Material things lost can be found. But there is one thing that can never be found when it is lost – Life. Treasure Love for your family, love for your spouse, love for your friends. Treat yourself well. Cherish others.” - SJ

EVIL CANNOT BE TRULY DESTROYED.

"The threat of evil is ever present. We can contain it as long as we stay vigilant, but it can never truly be destroyed. - Lorraine Warren (Annabelle, the movie)


ONLY THE POOR WISH THEY HAD STUFF?

“I’m not that interested in material things. As long as I find a good bed that I can sleep in, that’s enough.” - Nicolas Berggruem, the homeless billionaire.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

IRAN UNDERMINING NIGERIA, SHIPS TWO EXPEDITIONARY DEADLY CARGOES!

Icheoku says the fact that two highly dangerous and illicit cargoes from Iran came into Nigeria within just the last few weeks is not any ordinary coincidence. It is a methodical, well calculated and carefully orchestrated Iranian state policy out of Tehran geared towards destabilizing Nigeria; or at least force the authorities in Abuja to pay greater attention to the Persians. First there was a large consignment of arms which was shipped into Nigeria from Tehran but which the Iranian authorities initially, tried unsuccessfully, to deny knowledge of once the dreaded Israeli MOSSAD unmasked them. But facing mounting of incontrovertible evidence of their culpability, the Islamic state relented and later put up a feeble claim that the discovered arms cache was meant for Gambia; which country when faced with Nigeria's diplomatic pressure caved in and denied ownership of them. Iran has since accepted responsibility for the lethal cargo shipment to Nigeria but is yet to convincingly show the whence and purpose of these weapons; and diplomatic moves had gotten into high gear to investigate the shipment and punish Iran if need be; the matter is presently with the United Nations.

However just as investigation was continuing into this shipment, another unfriendly cargo came ashore in Nigeria from Iran through the same consignors that brought in the previous one. This time, it was large quantity of heroin, carefully concealed with motor spare parts and shipped as the later in a 40-foot maritime container; and as crack-heads would confirm, those gluey substance are more dangerous than firearms. So which friendly country that means well for another would permit or allow these life-wasting materials to leave her shores for the others without alerting the recipient country and so clandestinely? Were such cargoes to have originated from some freer countries and not such a religious, highly conservative closed country as Iran, then it would be possible to say that it is the handiwork of a criminal gang. But not when it is from Iran where no bird could fly without first securing the state's approval of its right to be airborne. Icheoku therefore is of the opinion that both firearms and drugs were shipped into Nigeria with the blessing of the authorities in Tehran as represented by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad or the Ayatollahs religious council; which begs the question, why? What is the state objective of Iran in trying to sabotage Nigeria or undermine its government's effort to crackdown and rid the society of crimes and criminals? Why would Iran export ammunition and drugs to Nigeria concealed as building materials and vehicle spare-parts?

Hopefully investigations will provide some answers to these burning questions and Icheoku urge the Nigerian authorities to go for the jugular in this matter with Iran since Nigeria can do without Iran, their joint OPEC membership notwithstanding. The aggressor here is Tehran and Nigeria did not in anyway provoke this their action; except of course it is Islamic based because Nigeria currently have a Christian president who is not receptive to the tele-guiding influences of those Middle East  and Persian Gulf Islamic countries. Whatever reprisal action that may be taken by Nigeria, including a recalling of her diplomatic personnel from Tehran, will be understandable both by the rest of the world as well as Nigerians because what Iran did amounts to a declaration of war or at best very hostile action. As Icheoku together with the rest of the world await the outcome of the UN investigation into the arms shipment, we urge Nigerian authorities not to relent in pursuing the matter to its logical conclusion in order to send a strong message that such Islamic undermining of secular countries will not be tolerated by Abuja. The other time it was Libyan Moummar Ghaddafi who was advocating for Nigeria's breakup and now another Islamic country is shipping arms and drugs into Nigeria, covertly, trying to undermine the country's structural integrity and cohesiveness.

Icheoku condemns the Iranian action in its totality as unfriendly, provocative and unbecoming of a supposedly friendly country. Thirteen containers of arms and ammunition covertly brought into a country suffices as an attempt at insurrection or causing serious mayhem and anarchy within the host society. In fact it should be treasonable felony for those Nigerian collaborators who aided and abetted or connived with the shipment and attempt at clearing the deadly cargo. It even gets madder to learn that it was the same shipping company that brought in those weapons that also brought in the subsequent drugs and Icheoku asks, is this company still operating in Nigeria with their government issued license? As Icheoku congratulates Nigeria security agencies for not sleeping on duty this time around or glossing over necessary tail-tale signs that led to these impounds; they should also be further aware that other dangerous cargoes possibly are on the high seas en-route Nigeria from the same Iran and should remain on eagles alert. To Iran, Icheoku warns that your jihadist intentions against Nigeria will not succeed as Nigerians are smarter and more united when their country is involved in any skirmish with another country; not withstanding the often acerbic political jaw-jaw and intermittent shedding of the blood of one another prevalent in the country. Tehran must therefore cease and desist forthwith from further acts of aggression against Nigeria as Nigerians will resist them, being too sophisticated to bite their bait to trigger a consuming conflagration which will be detrimental to her existence. Icheoku says, enough Tehran!

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Customs impounds another deadly shipment from Iran
• N1.5bn heroin concealed in container
By OMODELE ADIGUN with Agency report
Saturday, November 20 , 2010


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The Nigerian Customs Service, working in concert with National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has seized N1.5 billion ($9.91 million) worth of heroin concealed in auto parts container shipped from Iran. This is coming just a few days after Nigeria reported Iran to the United Nations (UN) over an illegal arms shipment from the Arab nation.

According to Reuters, the haul, which was one of the NDLEA’s biggest seizures at the Apapa Port, in Lagos, was based on “strong intelligence” received from foreign collaborators about four months ago.
Based on the intelligence, the agency had closely monitored the consignment and some key players behind its shipment before it arrived in Lagos, NDLEA spokesman Mitchell Ofoyeju said.

“The NDLEA ... decided to get a welder to cut open the engine parts and behold, we found hidden inside them 130 kg of heroin with a street value of about N1.5 billion ($9.91 million),” Ofoyeju told Reuters.
“The consignment was from Iran and we have arrested three Nigerians connected with the illicit drugs.”

It was gathered that the drugs came in a 40-foot container aboard a vessel, MV Montenegro. Area Comptroller of Customs, Mr. Austin Warikoru, said the vessel, MD Montenegro, brought the container into the port on Wednesday evening and was intercepted by his men.
He said: “We got wind of the container based on advance information and we decided to carry out inspection on the container. We discovered a large quantity of heroin concealed inside propellers and cylinders found in the containers.”

The quantity of the heroin, the customs boss said, was yet to be ascertained as the organisation is still conducting investigations and carrying out inspection. He also stated that the importer is not yet known, as the container was not yet declared and no documentation had been made on the container.
He said: “We are yet to uncover the person behind this, but I am sure before we conclude investigations, we must unmask the person or persons involved.
“The goods originated from Iran and the last destination port of the vessel is Nigeria. So, the question of the container being on transit is ruled out.”

Also confirming the interception of the large quantity of hard drugs, Customs spokesman, Mr. Wale Adeniyi, said that about 10 wraps of heroine each weighing 112kg had been off-loaded from the container. According to him, the manifest for the shipment had indicated that it was building materials.
Saturday Sun gathered that the shipping company that brought in the 13 containers of arms and ammunition intercepted recently at the Apapa Port, also brought the heroine-laden container.

Some months ago, about 450.400kg of cocaine, with an estimated street value of over N4billion was seized at the port.
Nigeria reported Iran to the United Nations Security Council last week after the state secret service intercepted an illegal arms shipment from Iran at Lagos port last month.

Rockets and other explosives hidden in containers of building materials were shipped to Nigeria from Iran in an apparent breach of UN sanctions imposed over Tehran’s refusal to halt a sensitive nuclear programme.
Nigeria is not a major narcotics consumer, but, like several other coastal West African nations, it is a major transit hub for trafficking in hard drugs from Asia and Latin America to Western markets thanks to lax customs controls and corruption.

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agos arms seizure: Gambia severes ties with Iran
The Sun Publishing
Wednesday, November 24, 2010



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Gambia has broken ties with its ally Iran. The sudden decision was linked to a shipment of arms linked to Iran and found in Nigeria last month. The said shipment was said to be bound for the Gambia. A statement issued on Monday night by the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Gambia was severing diplomatic ties with Iran, and gave Iranian diplomats 48 hours to leave the country.

While no reason was given, the decision came amid recent controversy over arms seized by Nigerian officials, which were reportedly bound for Gambia.
“This action by the government is to clear itself by all means regarding this issue,” a source close to the Gambian presidency said yesterday.

“The cutting of ties between Gambia and Iran, which came as a surprise to many Gambians, is directly linked to the alleged shipment of the arms to the Gambia from Iran.”
Nigeria last week reported the discovery of an illegal arms shipment disguised as building materials from Iran to the United Nations.The consignment included rockets and grenades.

Iran, under four sets of UN sanctions over its disputed nuclear programme including a ban on arms sales, said the shipment was by a private company and was on its way to a West African country, which turned out to be Gambia.
The opposition Foroyaa Newspaper yesterday called on government to take the matter up with both Nigeria and Iran and issued a statement to clear the air. An editorial by opposition leader Halifa Sallah also raised concerns over security in the region.
“The fact that arms are being transported under the guise of shipment of building materials confirms that cargoes no longer reflect their labels. This is a major regional security breach and Nigeria should not handle this as a matter of national security alone,” Sallah wrote.

Government had refused to comment on the decision, and all Iranian embassy staff had already left Gambia, according to a driver at the premises.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in 2006 that both nations were under pressure from “bullying” powers while Gambia had supported Iran’s right to develop its nuclear capabilities.

Ahmadinejad paid a visit to the country in November 2009 to cement ties. Iran had been involved in many projects in the Gambia including a multimillion dollar agriculture and rural development project