Arms, ammunition: Tincan Customs intercepts container load
.Arrests 3 suspects
.Steps up patrol surveillance at port
.Arms are in absolute import prohibition list- Says PRO
By Udeme Clement
The Tincan Island Port Command, of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), has intercepted 40-feet container loaded with arms and live ammunition at the port.
The Command swiftly arrested three suspects in connection with the consignments, vehicle and the ammunition, who are currently in Customs net, at the enforcement unit, awaiting further investigation.
Financial Business learnt that the dangerous weapons include 150 rounds of live ammunition; 149 rounds of 38mm calibre live ammunition; 28 Jack knives; 92 rounds of 9mm calibre live ammunition; two rounds of 7.62mm calibre live ammunition; 11 cartridges of live ammunition; 12 expended empty shells of various calibers and one empty magazine.
The Public Relations Officer, PRO, of Tincan Command, Uche Ejesieme, confirmed these seizures, even as he further disclosed that the arms and live ammunition were intercepted in two separate operations carried out on July 9 and 10, 2018, by vigilant officers of the Command.
The PRO further revealed, “The first seizure that took place at Terminal ’C’ II (Ports & Cargo), involved 1 x 40ft container No. TGHU 60143419, which on scheduled examination was found to contain arms, live ammunition and Jack knives.
He explained, “With that discovery, the Customs Area Controller, CAC, of Tincan Command, Comptroller Musa Baba Abdullahi directed immediate transfer of the suspicious container to the Enforcement Unit for thorough examination. In the process of examination, it was found to contain 150 rounds of live ammunition, 28 Jack knives and other absolute prohibited items”.
He disclosed further, “On the second operation, our officers while on routine operations, as vehicles were being discharged from Vessel MV Glovis Courage Voyage NO. 036, at 0330hrs of July 10, 2018, specifically at Five Star Logistics Terminal, found a black bag in one unpacked ford edge with Chassis No. 2FMDK48C98BA05947, upon examination, some offensive items were uncovered”.
Ejesieme pointed out, “These items contravene schedule 4 Absolute Import Prohibition List item 17 of the Common External Tariff, as well as Section 46 of the Customs and Excise Management Act Cap C45 LFN 2004, as such, the items attract outright seizure.”
According to him, the Command has stepped up patrol surveillance within its area of coverage, to ensure that prohibited items and dangerous weapons do not enter into the country unchecked.
It could be recalled that the same Command intercepted a large quantity of arms and live ammunition (1,100) only few months ago at the port.