Customs nabbed a Cameroonian with live ammunition, 52 Elephant Tusks in Cross River State

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Customs nabbed a Cameroonian with live ammunition, 52 Elephant Tusks in Cross River State

The Area Controller and his officers showing the seized items

In keeping up its tempo of anti-smuggling surveillance, the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, has apprehended a Cameroonian found with a pistol, live ammunition and 52 units of elephant tusks in Mfum, a border town in Ikom Local Government Area of Cross River State.

The Customs Area Controller (CAC) of Cross River/CFTZ/Akwa Ibom Command, Comptroller Ahmed Waziri, revealed this information during a news conference in Calabar.

Comptroller Waziri disclosed that the arrest occurred on Thursday, February 8, 2024, by NCS operatives in Mfum. The seized elephant tusks, weighing 200kg, were valued at N300 million.

According to Waziri, a Cameroonian named Mohammed Ibrahim was apprehended with a pistol, live ammunition and 52 elephant tusks. Ibrahim was allegedly en route to Lagos for further transportation of the items when he was caught.

The CAC informed that preliminary investigations showed the suspect’s specialisation in illegal exportation of elephant tusks across international borders.

The suspect was driving a Honda SUV truck with the number plate FST 733 HH, where a pistol with live ammunition was discovered.

“The suspect had two number plates (Lagos): FST 733 HH and (CMR) LT 214 AY. A service pistol was discovered inside the vehicle with live ammunition,” he stated.

Waziri emphasised, “This arrest should be a warning that Nigeria must not be used as a transit route for illicit products. They should also know that Nigeria is a signatory to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

Comptroller Waziri highlighted the crucial role of border communities in security, urging vigilance. He commended the officers at Mfum for intercepting items worth over N300 million and apprehending the suspect.

Waziri expressed gratitude to the Comptroller-General of Customs,  CGC Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR and his management team for their support, acknowledging that their assistance provided an enabling environment for such successful operations.

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