Good Job: Customs Intercepts Arms Hidden In Imported Cars At Lagos Port
BEVERLY HILLS, December 20, (THEWILL) – The Nigerian Customs have intercepted arms and ammunition as well as military equipment hidden in two cars imported from United States.
This was disclosed by the Customs Area Comptroller of Tin-Can Island, Comptroller Yusuf Bashar, saying no suspect had been arrested because the seizures were just coming out of the vehicle.
He added that the seizures were isolated, adding that the command would conduct further investigation to discover the owner of the consignments.
“We got a hint that there is a magazine in a used Toyota car 2004 model with Chassis No 2T1BR32E54C309841,” he said.
“Customs officers isolated the vehicle to give it a thorough checking. We discovered 10 pieces of life rounds called Hornady ammunition with the magazine.
“We will hand over the items to the Department of State Security (DSS) for custody of the ammunition because they are too dangerous to be with unauthorised persons.
“The command also intercepted another container of used Nissan Armada, 2007 model, with container No- NSCEU718443\6 and Chassis No 5NIAA08A69N709779.
“The vehicle contained Omini American Tactical Rifle No AR48634 and Moasberg American Pump Action with No U648018.
“In addition to these two rifles, it was discovered on examination, in the same container, 3,500 pieces of Premier Hollow point (Air Gun Pellets), and 4,000 pieces of Premier Hollow point (Air gun pellets).
“We also discovered nine pieces of military bullets proof vests; one piece of helmet with rain proof, one pistol Punch, one Riffle Punch, a set of military gas masks, 26 packs of military already made foods and two pairs of military booths.
“This is why we called reporters to inform them because it is about reporting the nation' security. We must do everything we can to safeguard Nigeria.
“If an individual is given Nigerian passports to travel abroad, while coming back home, some come back with unauthorised consignments, which will cause pains and havoc to the citizens.
“These items were found in a container of personal effects which government graciously says you should not pay duties and now, can you perceive the way some Nigerians reciprocate the gesture.
“These will be about the fifth interception of ammunition since I resumed office in January 2016.
“We have discovered 900 pieces of live ammunition, 200 pieces of cocaine worth N2 billion, which we handed over to appropriate agency because we believe in inter-agency collaboration.
“We have discovered some riffles with or without bullets, 300 pieces of military caps, some military camouflage and so many other equipment.”
Story by Oputah David