Customs intercept 2,671 pump action rifles

Comptroller General of Custom, Ali and his subordinates displaying the seized riffles

The Tin-Can Island command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has intercepted another 2,671 rifles illegally imported into Nigeria. The guns were alleged to have been imported from Turkey through profiling approach.
Comptroller General of NCS, retired Col Hameed Ali, told journalists in Lagos on Thursday, September 21 that the seizure was the fourth at the Lagos ports within eight months.
“Following the increase in the number of arms seizures in recent times, the Customs Area Controller of Tin-Can Port, Comptroller, Yusuf Bashar, ordered a detailed profile of all imports, especially those coming from Turkey. “Customs decided to follow profiling approach of 100 per cent examination on containers, especially those containers coming from Turkey.
“Tin-Can Customs command intercepted another 20ft container No CMAUI817/8 containing 470 pump action rifles, immediately the container landed from the port of origin to Nigerian ports.
“The terminal operators have been consequently directed to quarantine the container for analysis. “The container was later transferred to the Enforcement Unit of the command where 100 per cent examination revealed 470 pump action rifles,” Ali said.
According to Ali, the Bill of Lading of the container indicated Elbow Plumbing Plastics and noted that the importer of the cargo is Great Oil and Gas Ltd with the vessel named “MV Arkas Africa” owned by Hull Blyth.
Customs would now be responsive and capable of meeting the challenges being posed. Ali urged Nigerians to rise up and remain vigilant to deal decisively with the enemies of the country, adding that this was what the federal government required all citizens to do.
The CG assured Nigerians that customs officers were now on alert, following the directive he issued to all Customs area controllers.
Ali said that customs would continue to subject all containers to 100 per cent examination until 80 per cent of the Customs agents abide with global practices.
“We are going to subject all areas of Customs operations to 100 per cent examination to safeguard life of the citizens. He, however, said that since the container belonged to the same importer of 1,100 refiles intercepted on Sept.11, investigation was on-going to fish out those connected with the container.

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