A container loaded with arms and ammunition has been found in the Tin Can Island Port in Lagos.
This was made to to Elombah.com by the Zonal Coordinator of Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Asst. Comptroller-General Monday Abue, yesterday.
He said that the guns and ammunition were imported from Turkey.
According to him a suspect has been identified and is being held in connection with the seizure, but could not disclose his identity.
“The guns were concealed in a 20ft container with Registration Number PONU210024 (1) 22G1, covered by bags of POP powder used for design of houses.
The importer declared the consignment as ANTISERA AND CANNULE (CHEMICAL FORMULA.)
This is the second time in three months that such a seizure has been made at the ports in Lagos” he said.
It should also be noted that three months ago, the Federal Operations Unit (FOU) of the Customs intercepted 660 pieces of pump action rifles at the Apapa port.
The seizure was made through a tip off, by the Tin Can Island Customs Command.
According to the Assistant Controller-General, Abue,
“These are pump action of various designs. Based on intelligence report of the Tin Can Island Customs under Controller Bashir Yussuf, the container was identified and intercepted. There is no question of any officer releasing container here; it was intercepted even before declaration.
”We discovered that they used POP powder to conceal it in order to beat the Customs checks.
”We have one defendant, but for the purpose of indemnity, we don’t intend to detain him for long because of security reasons. As of the consignee, we are still keeping it under wraps because investigation is still ongoing. We have about 440 pieces coming from Turkey,” Abue said.
”Prosecution of matters like this in Nigeria involve a lot of time to push out the culprits but our lawyers have all what it takes to prosecute those involved.”
The breakdowns of the seized items according to Bashir are as follows:
100 pieces of black tornado single barrel rifles.
75 pieces of silver magnum single barrel rifles.
50 pieces alter pump action rifles.
215 pieces of black single barrel rifles.
164 pieces of rifle nozzle.
103 pieces of arms grips.
110 pieces of trigger.
113 pieces arm guard.
107 pieces of bridge block.
122 pieces allen keys.
117 pieces of assemble butt and
516 5Okg bags of POP cement.