Customs intercepts pump action rifles at Tin Can Port

David Adekunle, Lagos.

The Nigeria Customs Service, NCS has intercepted a consignment with 440 hidden pieces of pump action riffles.

The arms discovered by the Tin Can Island Port Command were concealed in a container with raw materials for cement.

The Customs Area Controller, Bashar Yusuf told newsmen that the importer had declared the items as Antisera and Cannule, described as chemical formula.

Comptroller Yusuf stated that following intelligence report, the Enforcement Unit of the Command was assigned to carry out a 100% physical examination during which the concealed arms were discovered.

The Customs Area Controller stated that investigation was still ongoing to unravel those behind the importation, adding that the importer would be profiled to get other details.

Reacting to the seizure, the Zonal Co-ordinator Zone ‘A’, ACG Abue M.N who represented the Comptroller-General, commended him for the spectacular seizure and described the Area Controller as a quintessential officer who had been contributing immensely to the success story of the Service.

Abue confirmed the statement by the Area Controller that the seizure was based on intelligence.

The Customs Area Controller gave the breakdown of the seizures as follows:

 i. One hundred (100) pieces black tornado single barrel rifles.
ii. Seventy-five (75) pieces silver magnum single barrel rifles.
iii. Fifty (50) pieces of alter pump action rifles.
iv. Two hundred and fifteen (215) pieces black single barrel rifles.
v. One hundred and sixty four (164) pieces of rifle nozzle.
vi. One hundred and three (103) pieces of arms grips.
vii. One hundred and ten (110) pieces of trigger.
viii. One hundred and thirteen (113) pieces of arm guard.
ix. One hundred and seven (107) pieces of bridge block.
x. One hundred and twenty-two (122) pieces of allen keys.
xi. One hundred and seventeen (117) pieces of assemble butt
xii. Five hundred and sixteen (516) 5okg bags of pop cement.