A Nigerian man identified as Chinedu Onyebuchi who is based in Bremen, Germany has reportedly lost all his life savings at the Lagos wharf.
Mr. Onyebuchi allegedly lost a whopping sum of €85,000 (N34million) he saved for over eight years he spent in the Dutchland. He had stashed the money inside the luggage he sent – along with other goods, through the Nigeria Wharf.
According to Diaspora Reporters, the victim shipped the luggage where the money was hidden to Lagos, Nigeria via a Volkswagen Golf wagon which has motor engine parts and some used items in it.
Onyebuchi who confirmed the heart breaking situation said he was shocked and almost fainted when his Agent Mr. Sunday Anayo told him that his consignment has been vandalized by port miscreants otherwise known as wharf rats, who made away with the cash.
He added that he didn’t believe the story at first until he got to the wharf and it dawned on him that what he least expected has happened. From the photos, he shared, the new Volkswagen Golf wagon was bashed in on the side and the luggage where the money was supposedly kept was also torn open.
Details of the circumstances surrounding the purported incident at the Lagos wharf are yet to be established. What prompted Chinedu to transport such a huge sum and how he came into the country is still unclear as at the time of filing this report. But it is believed the victim wanted to use the money to build a shopping complex in Ajangbadi a suburb of Lagos.
Vandalism of imported goods at the Lagos wharf is a major challenge the Nigeria Port Authority has not been able to resolve. Touts known as wharf rats have been scavenging off expensive goods sent by Nigerians or other foreigners from abroad. Once they suspect that a vehicle that has some expensive items inside, they either look for a way to open the door or break the glass to gain access.
On the latest illegal smuggling case, the operatives of the Tin-Can Island Command of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, have busted a syndicate that smuggled weapons into the country.
Our correspondent said, no fewer than 1,100 pump action rifles were loaded in a 20-foot container the gang shipped into the country through the Lagos wharf.
The weapons brought from Turkey were concealed inside a container which Bill of Laden indicated was conveying wash hand basins.
Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Alli, disclosed that a Customs officer suspected to have cut the seal of the container without following due process, as well as a clerk at the command, had been arrested.