“The customs authority uncovered yet another set of 475 pump action rifles shipped in by the same importer.”
LAGOS; Barely a week after The Nigeria custom agency intercepted a 20-foot container load of 1,100 pump action rifles in Tin Can Island Command of Nigeria Customs Service. This Monday 18th of September, The customs authority uncovered yet another set of 475 pump action rifles shipped in by the same importer.
1,100 Jojef Magnum Pump Action and Jojef Magnum Plastic Single Barrels Hunting Gun Pump Action Rifles seized by Customs at Lagos Tin-Can last week sept 11th.
The Comptroller-General of NCS, Retired Col. Hameed Ali in his words told journalists in Lagos on Thursday that the seizure was the fourth at the Lagos port within eight months.
He said that “following increased arms seizures in recent times, the Customs Area Controller of Tin-Can Port, Comptroller Yusuf Bashar, ordered a detailed profile of all imports, especially those coming from Turkey.
“Tin-Can Customs command intercepted another 20ft container No CMAUI817/8 containing 470 pump action rifles immediately the container landed from the port of origin to Nigerian ports.
“The terminal operator was consequently directed to quarantine the container for analysis.
“The container was later transferred to Enforcement Unit of the command where 100 per cent examination revealed it contained 470 pump action rifles.”
Ali said that the Bill of Lading of the container indicated Elbow Plumbing Plastics.
According to him, the importer of the cargo is Great Oil and Gas Ltd and the vessel
named “MV Arkas Africa” owned by Hull Blyth.
He added that NCS would now be responsive and capable of meeting the challenges being posed and
urged Nigerians to “remain vigilant to deal with enemies of the country.”
The comptroller-general assured Nigerians that Customs officers were now on alert, following the directive he issued to customs area controllers on Wednesday.
He said the management of “NCS” had implemented a policy of rewarding good deeds and
punishment for those who compromised.
He announced that he would meet with the ambassador of Turkey to discuss the continuous importation of containers of ammunition into Nigeria.
Customs would continue to subject all containers to 100 per cent examination “to safeguard lives
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