The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Tin Can Island Ports on July 9th and 10th 2018 intercepted cache of ammunition in two separate operations respectively, said the Command’s image maker, Uche Ejesieme.
According to him, the first incident uncovered at the terminal ‘C’ II (Ports & Cargo), involved 1x40ft container No. TGHU 60143419 which on Scheduled Examination was found to contain Live Ammunition and Jack Knife.
“Following this discovery, the Customs Area Comptroller Comptroller Musa Baba Abdullahi directed the transfer of the suspicious container to the Enforcement Unit, where it was examined and found to contain 150 rounds of live ammunition and 28 pieces of various sizes of Jack knives.
“These items contravenes schedule 4 Absolute Import Prohibition List item 17 of the Common External Tariff and Section 46 of the Customs and Excise Management Act Cap C45 LFN 2004”, Ejesieme stated further, adding that both the container, a Suspect and exhibit are currently been held at the Enforcement Station pending further investigation.
Prompted by the development, the Command during Routine Tally Operations, and while vehicles were being discharged from the Vessel, MV GLOVIS COURAGE VOYAGE NO. 036, at 0330hrs of 10th July, 2018, at Five Stars Logistics Terminals, a black bag was found in one unpacked FORD EDGE with Chassis No. 2FMDK48C98BA05947.
He said on examination, the bag was found to contain the following: 149 rounds of 38MM calibre live ammunition, 92 rounds of 9MM calibre ammunition, 2 rounds of 7.62MM calibre ammunition, 11 cartridges of live ammunition, 12 expended empty shells of various calibres and 1 empty magazine.
“The vehicle and the exhibits are currently detained at the Enforcement Unit pending further investigation”, Ejesieme concluded.