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Customs Service intercepts 440 Pump Action rifles at Lagos Port

by on May 24, 2017
 
Acting on intelli­gence report, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Mon­day night intercepted 440 pieces of Pump Action rifles at the Tin Can Island Port (TCIP) in Lagos. The import allegedly originated from Turkey.
Displaying the guns to newsmen at the TCIP Customs Command on Tuesday, the Coordinator of Customs Zone ‘A’, Assis­tant Comptroller-General, Monday Abueh, said that the rifles were concealed in a 40ft container with PONU210024 (1) 22G1 carrying POP powder used for house design.
The interception came barely three months after the Customs Federal Op­erations Unit (FOU) also intercepted 660 pieces of Pump Action rifles along the Apapa-Mile 2 Express­way in Lagos, also being conveyed in a 40ft con­tainer.

Abueh disclosed that the Customs whisked the container away even be­fore declaration was made, and a suspect has already been apprehended in con­nection with the seizure. He disclosed that after the arrest, the container was transferred to the Enforce­ment Unit, where other se­curity agencies were called in to inspect it.
“These are pump action of various designs”, Abueh told newsmen. “Based on intelligence report from the Tin Can Island Cus­toms, Controller Bashir Yussuf, one of our best of­ficers, was able to use the intelligence report and 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 for the consignee, we are still keeping it because investigations are still on­going. We have about 440 pieces coming from Tur­key.”
He added: “Prosecution of matters like this in Ni­geria involves a lot of time to push out the culprits but our lawyers have all what it takes to prosecute those involved.”
Also, Yussuf explained that in addition to the 440 pieces of magnum brand Pump Action rifles, other accessories were found in the container, includ­ing Completely Knocked Down (CKD) rifles, some of which were manufac­tured in the United States and some in Italy.
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