The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) intercepts container with 440 guns in Lagos



The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) yesterday impounded another 440 pump action rifles at the Tin Can Island Command, Lagos.
According to the the zonal commander, Tin Can Island command, Monday Abue, he said that the cargo was shipped into the country from Turkey.
Abueh told journalists that customs agent were able to carry out the arrest based on intelligence report.
According to him, the pump action rifles were manufactured in the U.S and Italy but imported from the Turkey.
Abueh who stated that arrests had been made in connection with the importation, added that for security reasons, the service was not ready to reveal their identities for now.
“They are pump actions of various designs, this is black colour, they are all pump-action and also the single barrel device that you’re familiar with.
“Based on intelligence report our officer under the command of Controller Bashar (Tincan Island Command), the container was identified and intercepted.
“We discovered that they used POP to conceal the importation and so there is no way you could know but based on intelligence report, we were able to know that the container was laden with arms.
“We have one defendant but due to security reason, we don’t want to make it public for now even the consignee, we are still keeping them under wrap because such information could hamper investigations which are still ongoing,” he said.
According to the ACG, the nation has been saved from another round of problem that the pump actions would have caused.
Recall that Customs operatives attached to the Federal Operations Unit had earlier this year intercepted 49 containers with 661 pump action rifles at the Mile 2 area of Lagos.
Three persons among who are the importer, the clearing agent and the driver were arrested in connection with the 661 rifles.

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