Thursday, 2 February 2017

661 Rifles: Wanted Customs officers surrender

The two customs officers who were declared wanted by the Nigeria Customs Service in connection with the 661 pump-action rifles recovered in the Mile 2 Apapa area of Lagos State, have surrendered to the authorities and are currently under investigation.

The suspects, Abdullahi I and Odiba Haruna Inah, reportedly submitted themselves to the Federal Operations Unit, Ikeja, on Wednesday.

The two officers had fled immediately the weapons were uncovered by customs officials attached to the FOU, Zone A, Ikeja.

The two men were later declared wanted by the customs service for allegedly clearing a 40-foot container laden with 661 pump-action rifles.

A source who spoke with PUNCH revealed that the men showed up at the FOU office on Wednesday, adding that they had been detained and were undergoing interrogation.

He said, “They have surrendered for arrest. They came today shortly after they were declared wanted. While one came in the morning, the other surrendered around 4pm. They have been taken into custody and are currently undergoing interrogation.”

The source explained that the importer, clearing agent, and escort, were also making useful statements, saying appropriate actions would be taken at the end of investigations.

The 40-foot container, which came from China, was bound for the FESTAC Town area of Lagos State before they were intercepted.

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