South Africa detains Russian ship allegedly bringing illegal weapons to Lagos

South African police on Thursday said they had boarded a Russian-registered cargo ship allegedly carrying illegal weapons and explosives en route to Lagos, Nigeria.

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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.

She declined to give further details.

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.



  1. The attitude of several our politicians are so unbecoming of those charged with the duty to stairing the ship of this nation ashore, hence this sort of dangerous problem
    How can one explain the despicable situation were some “lords of the manor” will unilaterally hold back the senate from reconcovening to sort out the very vital issue of 2019 election budget
    All these just in their bid to sit tight on some positions
    Can these sort of individuals be said to have the interest of the nation at heart ?
    Of course the answer is capital No
    Anyway time will tell

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