Customs Intercepts 661 Action Rifles, Arrests 3 Suspects

The Roving Team of the Nigerian Custom Service (NCS) Federal Operations Unit has intercepted a Mack truck with registration number BDG 265 XG conveying a 1x40ft Container with Number: PONU/825914/3 along Mile 2 Apapa road

The Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Service Colonel Hameed Ali made the disclosure on Monday in Lagos while briefing on the
recent gains of Nigeria Customs Service anti-smuggling operations

Ali said that the truck was immediately taken to the premises of FOU Zone A, Ikeja where Physical examination revealed 49 boxes containing a total number of 661 pieces of pump action rifles concealed with steal doors and other merchandize goods

According to him; “These Rifles are under absolute prohibition; therefore its importation is 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. They are: Mr. Oscan Okafor (Importer) age 51; Mr. Mahmud Hassan (Clearing Agent) age 56; Mr. Sadique Mustapha (accompanying the consignment to its destination) age 28.

He however said that Investigation has already commenced as he has directed that the drag net should be wide enough to fish out all persons involved in the importation and clearing of the consignment, adding that the Officers involved in the clearance of the container are with the Comptroller FOU Zone ‘A’ Ikeja.

The NCS boss stressed that the seizure underscores the determination of the Service to enforce all laws relating to importation and exportation of goods into and out of Nigeria thereby contributing to the economy, security and wellbeing of the Country.

He said; “This feat is no doubt commendable and represents the new normal in the service where most Officers and Men are on a daily basis ensuring that illegalities are not allowed unchecked. I commend the Comptroller, all Officers and Men involved in this great seizure”.

Ali called on all well meaning Nigerians to support the service with information that could assist the Service perform their statutory responsibilities in the interest of our father land.

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