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Customs Impounds Another Container From Turkey Filled With Guns


Less than two weeks after operatives of the Tin-Can Island Command of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, busted a syndicate that smuggled over 1,000 weapons into Nigeria, another container containing guns has been apprehended.

The container was shipped into the country ​from Turkey ​by the same gang.

Customs in a statement made available ON Thursday said the guns were found in a 20ft container with No. CMAU189817/8​.​

The statement quoted Colonel Hammed Ali, the Comptroller-General, as narrating how the Terminal Operator quarantined the flagged container for stricter analysis.

“It was transferred to the enforcement unit, where 100% examination revealed 470 pump action rifles as against elbow plumbing plastics on its bill of lading”, it said.

“Importer of this deadly cargo is Great James Oil and Gas Ltd, while the vessel is MV Arkas Africa owned by Hull Blyth.

“This discovery brings to a total of 2671 rifles seized within the last eight months of this year.

“While the audacity of these criminals to think that they can succeed in smuggling these dangerous weapons into the country successfully remain worrisome, the consolation is that, the new Nigeria Customs Service is now more responsive and capable of meeting the challenges posed by these criminals.

“This is what the present Government requires of all citizens. We must rise up and remain vigilant to deal decisively with the enemies of the Nation.

“As our seaports become increasingly impenetrable, we suspect they may want to try other entry points. Let me assure Nigerians that the Service is presently at CRITICAL ALERT following my directive to all Customs Area Controllers yesterday. We will do all in our powers to further secure this country.

“The policy of reward for good deeds and punishment for those who compromise will continue in the Service under my leadership.

“Since this container belong to the same importer of the 1,100 rifles, the ongoing investigation will be reinvigorated to fish out all those directly or remotely connected with these dangerous importers​,​”​ the Customs boss vowed.​

DAILY POST report.

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