Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Customs Arrests 3 people in Connection with the 661 Guns Intercepted in Lagos


Seized Riffle

The Federal Operations Unit, Zone A of the Nigeria Customs Service, has intercepted a container loaded with 49 boxes of 661 pump-action rifles along the Mile 2 Apapa Road of Lagos State.

The 40-foot container, which was cleared at the Lagos port, was intercepted by Customs officials who were on patrol.

The Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (retd.), during a press conference on Monday at the FOU, Zone A, Ikeja, said the container came from China, but was routed through Turkey to “cause confusion.”

He explained that three suspects, Oscar Okafor (importer), Mahmud Hassan (clearing agent) and Sadique Mustapha (escort) had been arrested.

He added that the suspects were undergoing interrogations at the agency’s office and would not be paraded until their culpability was established.

He said "On Sunday 22nd January 2017, the Roving Team of the NCS Federal Operations Unit while on information patrol intercepted a Mack truck with registration number BDG 265 XG conveying a 1x40ft Container with Number: PONU/825914/3 along Mile 2 Apapa road.

The truck was immediately taken to the premises of FOU Zone A, Ikeja where Physical examination revealed49 boxes containing a total number of 661 pieces of pump action rifles concealed with steal doors and other merchandize goods .

These Rifles are under absolute prohibition; therefore its importation is illegal. Such deadly contravention of the law is even more unacceptable considering the fragile security situation in some parts of the country.

Already three suspects have been arrested in connection with this illegal importation. They are: Oscan Okafor (Importer) age 51, Mahmud Hassan (Clearing Agent) age 56 and Sadique Mustapha (accompanying the consignment to its destination) age 28.

Investigation has already commenced to fish out all persons involved in the importation and clearing of the consignment. Already, the Officers involved in the clearance of the container are with the Comptroller FOU Zone ‘A’Ikeja".

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