Customs intercept arms, ammunition in Lagos ports

By Our Correspondent
The Tin-Can Island Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has intercepted arms and ammunition as well as military equipment hidden in two cars imported from United State of America.
The area commander of the command, Comptroller Yusuf Bashar, made the disclosure on Monday in Lagos in a chat with newsmen.
Commenting on the development, Bashar said, “We got a hint that there is a magazine in a used Toyota car 2004 model with Chassis No 2T1BR32E54C309841. Customs officers isolated the vehicle to give it a thorough checking. We discovered 10 pieces of life rounds called Hornady ammunition with the magazine.’’
Bashar said that no suspect had yet been arrested because the seizures were just coming out of the vehicle and that the seizures were isolated, adding that the command would conduct further investigation to discover the owner of the consignments.
“We will hand over the items to the Department of State Security (DSS) for custody of the ammunition because they are too dangerous to be with unauthorised persons,“ Bashar said.
The command also intercepted another container of used Nissan Armada , 2007 model, with container No- NSCEU718443\6 and Chassis No 5NIAA08A69N709779.
Bashar said that the vehicle contained one Omini American Tactical Riffle No AR48634 and another one Moasberg American Pump Action with No U648018.
He said that in addition to these two riffles, it was discovered on examination, in the same container, 3,500 pieces of Premier Hollow point (Air Gun Pellets), and 4,000 pieces of Premier Hollow point (Air gun pellets).
“We also discovered nine pieces of military bullets proof vests; one piece of helmet with rain proof, one pistol Punch, one Riffle Punch, a set of military gas masks, 26 packs of military already made foods and two pairs of military booths.

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