Customs seizes 1100 Illegally Imported Guns From Turkey

Customs seizes 1100 Illegally Imported Guns From Turkey

The Nigeria Customs Service yesterday announced its has intercepted 1,100 rifles illegally imported into the country from Turkey was concealed in a 20-foot container with number GESU2555208.

Speaking with reporters in Lagos yesterday, Comptroller-General of Customs (CGC) Col. Hameed Ali (retd) said the guns were shipped into the country from Turkey.

The Comptroller-General of NCS, retired Col. Hameed Ali, told journalists in Lagos yesterday that the importer falsely declared the prohibited items as wash hand basin and water closets. But after the suspected container was transferred to the Enforcement Unit of Tin-Can Command and examined, the items inside the container were found to be guns.

Ali said that a senior officer of the service and a terminal clerk who allegedly authorised the cutting of the seal on the container and positioning the container for clearance have been arrested and are undergoing investigation.

He said: “The audacity of these criminals to think that they can succeed in smuggling such quantity of weapons into the country calls for all-round responsibilities. Shipping agencies and terminal operators must wake up to support the Customs to nip in the bud attempts to smuggle such dangerous items into the country.

“As you may already be aware, the previous cases of 661 pump action rifles from Apapa and 440 pump action riles from this command seized earlier in the year are already in court. We look forward to justice being served to deter other would-be arms smugglers.

“On September 6, 2017, operatives of the Nigerian Customs service Intelligence Unit on routine monitoring activities at the terminal discovered a 1×20 ft container number GEAU255508 which was previously listed for clearance.

This he said was the third seizure by Customs in the last nine months totalling 2,201rifles.

 

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