A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging three males on fees of conspiracy, violation of the Arms Export Control Act and the Export Reform Control Act, associated to the export of firearms and ammunition from the United States to Nigeria.
Defendants within the case embrace Wilson Nuyila Tita of Owings Mills, Maryland; Eric Fru Nji of Fort Washington, Maryland; and Wilson Che Fonguh of Bowie, Maryland.
The indictment was introduced on Thursday by Acting United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Jonathan F. Lenzner; Special Agent in Charge James R. Mancuso of Homeland Security Investigations Baltimore; and Special Agent in Charge Timothy Jones of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Baltimore Field Division.
According to the four-count indictment, from November 2017 by means of July 19, 2019, the defendants conspired with one another and with others to export from the United States to Nigeria defence articles and gadgets recognized on the United States Munitions List and the Commerce Control List with out first acquiring export licenses.
The defendants additionally allegedly conspired to hide from the United States that these gadgets have been being shipped from the Port of Baltimore in Maryland to Nigeria and no less than one different location in Africa.
It was said that the defendants and their co-conspirators allegedly contributed funds for the acquisition of firearms, ammunition, reloading supplies and different tools for transport abroad.
The indictment alleges that the defendants and their co-conspirators communicated about their efforts and plans to ship weapons and ammunition utilizing a web-based encrypted messaging utility and code phrases to hide their actions.
As detailed within the indictment, the defendants and different conspirators hid the firearms, ammunition, rifle scopes, and different gadgets in closely wrapped packages and duffle baggage, and inside sealed compressor models, putting these gadgets right into a transport container destined for Nigeria with out acquiring the requisite licenses from the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Finally, the indictment alleges that the defendants transported 28 firearms with obliterated serial numbers, together with 18 rifles.
If convicted, the defendants every face a compulsory sentence of 5 years in federal jail for the conspiracy; a most of 20 years in federal jail every for violating the Arms Export Control Act and for violating the Export Control Reform Act; and a most of 5 years in federal jail for transportation of a firearm with an obliterated serial quantity.