Customs attributes spectacular seizure of 1,245 live ammunition to intensive intelligence driven operation

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Customs attributes spectacular seizure of 1,245 live ammunition to
intensive intelligence driven operation

How Customs saved the nation from influx of dangerous weapons

Compt Makinde and his team showing the mind-boggling seizure of live ammunition
The CAC and his officers showing the bags of rice where the ammunition were concealed :

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Ogun 1 Area Command has attributed the spectacular seizure of 1,245 live ammunition to intensive intelligence driven operation.

The Customs Area Controller (CAC) of the Command, Compt Bamidele Makinde, made this known during a press conference at the Command, yesterday.

More so, the ingenuity and swiftness in which the officers uncovered the deadly weapons ingeniously concealed in bags of rice by the daredevil smugglers are highly commendable.

Giving more details on how the offensive items were intercepted, the Area Controller revealed :
“I am pleased to welcome you all to the Customs House, Abeokuta, for yet another press conference on our recent seizures recorded during an intensive intelligence driven operation.

“On Friday, August 11, 2023, the Command received credible intelligence on a planned smuggling of prohibited items into the country from Republic of Benin, by unscrupulous elements. We swang into action by deploying our operatives on 24 hours surveillance to thwart their nefarious activities.

“At about 0024 hours on Saturday, August 12, 2023, the Roving B Team of the Command intercepted five old vehicles, (Toyota Camry with Chassis No. 4TIBG22KIWU312145, Toyota Camry with Chassis No. 4TIXK1263NU108237 and three Mazda 626 cars with Chassis Nos. JM2GD14H201568566, JMZGF14F201173029 and JMZGF14P2014186), loaded with 203 bags of foreign rice (50kg each), abandoned in a bush path at Tobolo Junction, close to an exit point to Republic of Benin, near Ijoun, Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun State, Nigeria.

“The drivers who were suspected to have been hinted at the movement of our operatives, escaped through the bush of the said area, in order to evade arrest.”

The CAC continued : “During examination of the seized vehicles and the items, about 1,245 rounds of 70mm (2¾“) live ammunition of Lion, Trust, Supreme and Redstar branded cartridges were found to have been ingeniously concealed in 20 bags of the intercepted foreign rice. While considering the potential danger of ammunition of such magnitude if successfully smuggled in, we redouble our efforts to ensure they do not find their way into the country.

“It is a threat to safety of the border communities and national security. We are committed to ensuring maximum security of our border lines with all sense of patriotism.”

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Compt Makinde went on : “The Duty Paid Value (DPV) of the seized ammunition and rice is N17,638,145.00. The items have been deposited for safekeeping, pending further necessary action. Investigation is on-going to unravel the cartel responsible for the attempted smuggling of the items for arrest and prosecution”.

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