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Customs Intercepts 661 Pump-Action Rifles after they were cleared at Lagos Port

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The Federal Operations Unit (FOU) of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) intercepted 661 pieces of pump-action rifles from China, concealed with steel doors and other merchandise goods, which came in through Lagos port.

The Comptroller-General of Customs, Retired Col. Hameed Ali, made the disclosure while briefing newsmen on Monday in Lagos.

Ali said that the Federal Operations Unit, while on patrol, intercepted a Mark truck with registration number BUG 265 XG conveying a 40ft container with number; PONU/825914/3 along Mile 2-Apapa Road, Lagos.

The consignment was cleared from Lagos port.

The comptroller-general said the truck was immediately taken to F.O.U. premises for physical examination and 49 boxes containing 661 pieces of pump action rifles concealed with steel doors were revealed.

Ali said the rifles were under absolute prohibition, adding that its importation was 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,’’ the comptroller-general said.

The suspects are: Oscar Okafor (an importer), Mahmud Haruna (a clearing agent), Sadique Mustapha (accompanying the consignment to its destination).

Ali said initially the consignment was said to have originated from Turkey, adding that there was mixed-up in the document which finally revealed that the consignment originated from China.

“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,” Ali added.

He said Customs officers who were involved in the clearance of the containers were in the custody of Comptroller Mahmud Haruna of FOU Zone “A’’.

Ali said that the seizure underscored the determination of the service to enforce all laws relating to importation and exportation of goods into and out the country thereby contributing to the economy, security and well-being of the country.

The comptroller-general said that the seizure was commendable and represented the new normal rule in the service “where most officers and men are on a daily basis ensuring that illegalities are not allowed unchecked’’.

He commended the Comptroller in charge of F.O.U. and officers and men who were involved in the seizure.

Ali, however, urged the media as well as meaningful Nigerians to help the service with information that would assist the service perform its statutory responsibilities in the interest of Nigeria.

He said the seizure would be handed over to the appropriate authority.

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10 Comments

  1. tunmi

    January 30, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    Oh my. I’m glad they were able to identify those who let this happen, and the boss too at that ????

    Question: how did they find this? Was this part of a random search or was there a tip off, or is this part of a standard search

  2. stil_

    January 30, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    JESUS! 661 riffles buried in boxes. E don set! Gun don’t kill people, people kill people.

  3. Nyc

    January 30, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    They belong to El Rufai and the likes of them sponsoring Boko Barak and herdsmen..heaven will send judgment fire on them.

    • tunmi

      January 30, 2017 at 11:10 pm

      Speculation…

      You get proof??

  4. Abi

    January 30, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    This is really scary..imagine the ones that have gone out unnoticed.

  5. Nyc

    January 30, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    Boko Haram^

  6. Memoir

    January 30, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    And Nigerians are worried about Donald Trump?

  7. ogeAdiro

    January 30, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    This is how we protect ourselves from kidnappers. We know that police is useless.

  8. Deb

    January 31, 2017 at 12:52 am

    My question is what happens after to the rifles.

  9. Benson Ossai

    January 31, 2017 at 8:18 am

    My savior is God in heaven.He alone can keep all Nigerians safe.Not the police,the solider or the vigilante in our respective areas can keep us safe.Kudos to the Nigeria customs.

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