• Customs seizes container of 49 boxes containing 661 Ak 47 were seized
  • The truck with registration number BDG 265 XG conveying the 1x40ft container with Number: PONU/825914/3 was intercepted along Mile 2 on the Apapa-Oshodi expressway in Lagos.
  • Already three Suspects have been arrested in connection with this illegal importation.

The Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, has seized a truck carrying a container loaded with 661 pieces of pump action rifles. The truck with registration number BDG 265 XG conveying the 1x40ft container with Number: PONU/825914/3 was intercepted along Mile 2 on the Apapa-Oshodi expressway in Lagos.

Briefing newsmen in Lagos, yesterday, the Comptroller-General, NCS, Col. Hameed Ali (retd) disclosed that the rifles were concealed in steel doors and other goods in the container. Ali said that the Roving Team of the NCS Federal Operations Unit, FOU, while on patrol, intercepted the Mack truck conveying the container stocked with the rifles and it was taken to the premises of FOU Zone A, Ikeja, Lagos. He said physical examination revealed 49 boxes containing the rifles, while three suspects have been arrested in connection with the illegal importation.

Nigeria Customs Seizes Container Laden With 661 Pump Action Rifles-Nigeria Customs Seizes Container Laden With 661 Pump Action Rifles- Photos: Customs seizes container of 49 boxes containing 661 Ak 47 rifles in Lagos He said, “On January 22, 2017, the Roving Team of the NCS Federal Operations Unit, while on information patrol, intercepted a Mack truck with registration number, BDG 265 XG, conveying a 1x40ft container with Number: PONU/825914/3, along Mile 2 Apapa express road.

“These Rifles are under absolute prohibition;therefore its importation is illegal. Such deadly contravention of the law is even more unacceptable considering the fragile security situation in some parts of the country.

‘’Already three suspects have been arrested in connection with this illegal importation. They are: Mr. Oscar Okafor, Mr. Mahmud Hassan and Mr. Sadique Mustapha, accompanying the consignment to its destination. ‘’Investigation has already commenced and I have directed that the drag net should be wide enough to fish out all persons involved in the importation and clearing of the consignment.’’ Apparently referencing the situation where the consignment had already been cleared at the port by Customs, Ali said: “Already, the officers involved in the clearance of this container are with the Comptroller FOU Zone ‘A’ Ikeja.”

 

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