LAGOS, (CAJ News) – THE Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has intercepted 49 boxes containing 661 pieces of pump action rifles concealed in a truck at Apapa road in Lagos.
Three suspects have been arrested. They have been named as Oscan Okafor (alleged importer, aged 51) Mahmud Hassan (alleged clearing agent, 56) and Sadique Mustapha (allegedly accompanying the consignment to its destination, 28).
NCS Comptroller General, Colonel Hameed Ibrahim Ali, said the rifles were 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.”
Ali said investigations had already commenced and he had directed that “the drag net should be wide enough to fish out all persons involved in the importation and clearing of the consignment.”
He said the seizure underscored 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.
“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.”
Ali thus commended the comptroller and all officers involved in this great seizure.
“Let me seize this opportunity to call 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.”
– CAJ News