In March of 2014, a senior adviser to Turkish Prime Minister
Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed shipments of weapons to Nigeria with the 50%
government owned national Turkish airline, according
to the leaked conversation.
The Turkish Airlines official reportedly said, "Lots
of material is on its way to Nigeria right now. Is it going to kill Muslims or
Christians? I am sinning right now, you should know."
Another man in the recorded tape, alleged to be Mustafa Varank,
a senior aide to Recep Tayyip Erdogan responded that he would look into
it. Ref: TheTimes & Reuters.
It was not the first time Turkey had been
exposed discussing and/or supplying ammunition to Daesh (ISIS) and
related terror and rebel groups. See: Al-Monitor; Reuters.
An official statement by Turkish airlines categorically
declared that it “had not transported arms to Nigeria from Turkey or other
However Nigeria made two contradictory statements on the
headlines, one very suspicious statement was by the Navy spokesman, Commodore
Kabiru Aliyu who told Nigerians that Turkish airlines did indeed ship
ammunition to Nigeria, not as they denied, and that, that March the Navy
took delivery of arms imported by the airline through Lagos.
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Disturbed by the real and action-necessitating revelations,
that March, ENDS released a statement requesting official communication
from Nigeria's Jonathan government and full investigation into the alleged
Turkey arms to Boko Haram terrorists' mess. See: Did Turkey Ship Ammunition To Nigerian Terror Groups?, March
23rd, 2014, By ENDS.
It is recollected that this was the time of the Jonathan, Ihejirika,
Ayo Oritsejafor, Gusau and Dasuki era where millions of dollars were allegedly
laundered abroad and a government signatory arms-for-terror smuggling ring was
recognized to be in operation. This was a time when weapons and cash drops to terrorists by helicopters were regularly
sited and reported in Boko Haram's jungle territory.
The recent shooting down of a Russian airline by the Turkish government
which happened by all accounts well within Syrian territory as the site of the
ejected pilot landings further confirms, raises serious
questions on the Erdogan government. The surviving pilot just told
journalists that Turkey had not given them any warning before they were shot
out of the skies over Syria. See BBC.
The well known operation of a Daesh-Turkey, Free Syrian
Army aided free trade border where hundreds of Daesh oil tankers pass
daily to sell oil to Turkey and earn millions of dollars for financing global
terrorism raises even more flags. Indeed it was the week Russia announced that
it had destroyed 1000 Daesh oil tankers which were going to
Turkey to sell their oil that Turkey shot down the Russian jet. Turkey that has
not shot at a single Daesh terrorist has rather shot down a Russian jet
We therefore strongly urge the Buhari-Osinbajo government to
thoroughly investigate the past noted incident of Turkish airlines alleged
ammunition shipment to Nigerian terrorists and all other Turkish
interactions with Nigeria, Boko Haram and former government officials within
the military and National Security office for evidence of terror linkage.
We have often repeated and insisted and insist that the war
against Boko Haram can never be won without the sponsors and facilitators local
and international being brought to book.
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