National Security :  Customs on red alert !!! … seizes 31 rifles, rounds of live ammunition

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National Security :  Customs on red alert !!!

…Seizes 31 rifles, rounds of live ammunition

Arrests suspects

Arrival of the Customs Boss at FOU Zone A, during parade by officers
CGC Adeniyi and his team addressing Journalists during the press conference :
Some of the seized arms and ammunition

In line with its policy to ensure border surveillance, aims at protecting national security, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has demonstrated doggedness on the line of duty, as its operatives seized 31 rifles and rounds of live ammunition within the first two weeks of July 2023, through intelligence.

The Comptroller General of Customs, CGC Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR, unveiled the arms and ammunition during a press conference in Lagos, yesterday.

The Customs Boss expressed strong displeasure about the mind-boggling seizures and nefarious activities of economic saboteurs, saying that the deadly weapons will be handed over to appropriate authorities for further investigation and prosecution.

The arms concealed with bags of charcoal

Giving more details on the arms and ammunition displayed before Journalists at the premises of Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone A, Ikeja, Lagos, the CGC reveal;  “I stand before you to highlight the recent achievements of Customs in our on-going efforts to suppress smuggling and safeguard national security. Some of our dedicated and diligent officers uncovered smuggled arms and ammunition while on duty at various Commands.

“On July 5, 2023, during joint operation with Nigeria Police, Department of State Security, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency and Customs Intelligence Unit at the Ports Terminal and Multi Services Limited Command, a thorough physical examination of a 40ft container was conducted. The examination revealed concealment of 10 dangerous arms and various rounds of live ammunition inside plastic drums.

“The details include three new pump action rifles and one new unit of an armed rifle; six new different makes of pistols; one new millennium G2 pistol; one new sarsilmaz SAR-9X pistol; one new Lugger Security-9 pistol; one new Taurus Banbridge G3C pistol; one new SCCY CPX-2 pistol and one new Taurus (63 pistol); 14 empty magazines and 442 rounds of live ammunition”.

CGC Adeniyi and his team displaying the deadly weapons :

The Customs Boss went on : “The clearing agent, Mr Shokunbi Olanrewaju of Shooler Global International limited and Mr Joseph Nwadiodor, who was expected to take delivery of the container, are currently detained as suspects in connection with the seizures.”

He disclosed : “Similarly, within the same period, the Tincan Island Port Command of the Service, while acting on credible intelligence, subjected 1x40ft container to 100 percent physical examination with relevant security agencies at the ports. The physical examination uncovered 18 arms, packets of cartridges and rounds of live ammunition inside plastic drums.

“The details are; six different makes of pistols two Sar9 Sarsilmarz Pistols;
one Ruger American Pistol and threeTaurus G3c – Bainbridge Pistols.

“Others include 12 different makes of rifles; five Rz17hd rifles, one Gamo Rifle, five Pump Action rifles and Rz17 Tactical Rifle. Others are 10 packets of cartridges; two packets of 9mm ammunition; 100 rounds of 9mm Winchester ammunition; one carton of frontier cartridges; two packets of buckshot ammunition”.

He continued ; “Again, during a routine patrol along Owode/Ajilete Axis of Ogun State by officers of the Joint Border Patrol Team Sector – 2, on Wednesday, July 12 2023, intercepted unregistered Toyota Camry loaded with six sacks of charcoal, used to conceal three pump action rifles with 174 live cartridges.

“The driver of the vehicle, who knew the content he was conveying vis-a-vis the attendant consequences of his action before the law; jumped into the bush and escaped arrest.”

CGC Adeniyi pointed out : “Since assuming the role of Acting Comptroller General, our dedicated officers and men have demonstrated unwavering commitment to their responsibilities. Their diligence and perseverance have been the cornerstone of our operations. Our actions within the NCS have been driven by a deep sense of purpose and guided by the mantra of renewed hope, which underpins the current administration’s vision.

“We recognise the significance of our role in contributing to the overall objectives of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu led Administration, as articulated in the Road Map of the Policy Advisory Council document.”

According to him; “The declaration of a state of emergency in revenue generation and national security has further aligned our activities with the government’s overarching goals.

“Illicit arms obtained by non-state actors have boosted proliferation of small arms and ammunition across the country. This accounts for increase in kidnappings, robberies and mass killings in the society.

“Let me state at this point that the Service has re-strategised its operations, while our officers have raised their levels of professionalism and keyed into the mantra of renewed hope, aimed at facilitating legitimate trade. In doing this, we are assuring all compliant traders and importers that they have nothing to fear.

“We have re-injected new tactics to tackle the economic and security menace caused by recalcitrant importers and their agents. The Service’s human resources and logistics are collectively harnessed to combat and prevent economic sabotage.

“I implore importers and agents to be patriotic by making sincere declarations and to be properly guided by the import/export prohibition lists. I also urged the public to see security as a collective responsibility. We will appreciate information on illegal importation and cross border movement of dangerous weapons used to create mayhem in our nation”.

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