The Nigeria Customs Service has again intercepted 1,100 rifles allegedly imported into the country from Turkey illegally.
The guns were intercepted at the Tin-Can Island Command Lagos. They were said to be carefully concealed in a 1×20 ft container and falsely declared as wash hand basins and water closets. This seizure has brought the total interception of about 2,201 rifles in 9 months.
Speaking to journalist yesterday in Lagos, the Comptroller-General of NCS, retired Col. Hameed Ali, narrates that an officer and a terminal clerk have been arrested and are undergoing investigation, saying they had authorised the cutting of the seal and positioning the clearance of the said container.
He said: “On September 6, 2017, operatives of the Nigerian Customs service Intelligence Unit on routine monitoring activities at the terminal discovered a 1×20 ft container number GEAU255508 which was previously listed.