Just In: Customs discover container laden with firearms

by Azeez Adeniyi

The Nigeria Customs has discovered a container laden with arms at the Tin Can Island Port in Lagos, PremiumTimes reports.

According to a source who spoke to the online newspaper, the container was intercepted at the Ports and Cargo Terminal of the Tin Can Island Ports.

“As I speak to you, they’ve ordered everyone to go out of the terminal and they have locked up everywhere,” the source said.

The intercepted container was found with 440 arms and ammunition

The zonal commander, Tin can Island command, Monday Abue, who represented the Comptroller General, said that the cargo was shipped from Turkey.

He said the container was discovered through intelligence gathering.

He added that investigations are ongoing to uncover the importer.

According to him, the pump action rifles were manufactured in the United States of America and Italy.

He said, “They are pump action rifles of various designs and also the single barrel device that you are familiar with.

“Based on intelligence report, Controller Bashar identified and intercepted the container.

“We discovered that they used POP to conceal the importation.

“We have arrested one defendant but due to security reasons, we don’t want to make it public for now because such information could hamper investigations which are still ongoing.”

The PRO of the command, Uche Eiesieme, in a statement issued after he listed the rifles seized as 100 pieces of black tornado single barrel rifles, 75 pieces of silver magnum single barrel rifles, 50 pieces of altar pump action rifles, 215 pieces of black single barrel rifles among other accessories.

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