Customs intercepts cache of smuggled arms, military gadgets
The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Tin Can Islands Port Command has intercepted a cache of arms, ammunition and military gadgets, smuggled into the country from the United States.
The weapons, include one Omin American Tactical Rifle with serial no: AR48634; one Moasberg American Pump Action (U648081); Permier Hollow Point (air gun pallets) 7,500 pieces, nine pieces of military bullet proof vest, one piece of military helmet with rainproof, pistol punch, rifle punch and 26 packs of already made military food.
The dangerous weapons, according to the customs, were among the absolutely prohibited items by the Federal Government.Absolutely prohibited in customs terms means outright prohibition of import/export of items that are of high-risk to the public. They must not be found in custody of anyone, who is not authorised.
The Controller, Nigerian Customs, Tin Can Island Command, Yusuf Bashar, who paraded the items yesterday, said the weapons were recovered from a Toyota Corolla (2004 model) with chassis no 2D1BR32E54C309841, which was carrying loads of magazine.
The command also intercepted another container of used Nissan Armada, 2007 model, with container No. NSCEU718443\6 and Chassis No. 5NIAA08A69N709779.
The customs paraded the suspect involved, while the controller assured that investigations were on going to arrest other people involved in the deal.
He urged Nigerians going abroad to always bring back products that could boost national growth and development and not dangerous items that could undermine the security of the country.
“They should please come back with things that will add value to this country, rather than destroying it. These items were found in a personal effect container. A container that government graciously allowed in duty-free, because we believed the importer was a Nigerian coming back home.
You could see the way Nigerians responded to that gesture by bringing in these dangerous items. Only God knows what would have happened if this escaped into the larger society,” he said.
The controller said these types of gadgets and the gas masks showed that whoever brought them had an evil intention of spreading a dangerous gaseous substance to pollute the air and harm the citizenry.
“Even our military does not use gas masks on the street, the person must have a bad intention and that we will not accept and will not allow to happen,” he said.The Customs officially handed over the weapons to the Director, Department of State Services (DSS) for further investigation.