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Customs intercept container with arms in Lagos

Nigeria Customs Service officials attached to Tin Can Island Command intercepted a container carrying arms on Friday.

The owner of the container had allegedly declared its contents as plasma televisions.

There are also reports that customs officers at the command discovered the consignment later to contain cartons of guns.

They reported that the consignment was sublet to a clearing agent by another, fueling suspicion that the agent was aware of the guns’ contents.

The Tin Can Customs Public Relations Officer, Mr Uche Ejesieme, confirmed the news, saying that the container of guns was discovered during a routine examination at terminal B2 (Vehicle) at the TICT.

“The officers intercepted a container loaded with weapons, but as we speak, what we have done as a command is that we have written to the terminal to evacuate the container immediately to enforcement unit for 100 per cent examination so that we can actually ascertain the quantity and other relevant information.

“So, as we speak, we expect the terminal to evacuate the container to the enforcement unit where we intend to strip it, and the quantity, names of people involved and other further information would be available,” he said.

According to him, the command would inform the customs high command in Abuja once the container had been thoroughly checked at the enforcement unit of the command.

“This is why we have not issued an official statement regarding the seizure.

“As we speak, we do not have full details of who is behind the import, country of import and the model of guns.

“All these will be made known at the end of investigations,” he added.

Customs, however, claimed that it would track the matter to its roots and apprehend those associated with it.

“Most times, the suspect you see is those freight forwarders and agents coming for examination, but we are more interested in getting to the importer and everyone involved in that criminal importation to nip it in the bud,” he assured.

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