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Customs Intercept Container-Full Of Arms
The Nigeria Customs Service has said it intercepted a container filled with arms at the Tin Can Island Port in Lagos, on Tuesday.
Online Newspaper, Premium Times, reports that the container was discovered at the Ports and Cargo Terminal of the Tin Can Island Ports.
“As I speak to you, they’ve ordered everyone to go out of the terminal and they have locked up everywhere,” the newspaper quoted an unnamed Customs source as saying.
Spokesperson of the Tin Can Island Command of the Nigeria Customs, Uche Ejesieme, also confirmed the incident but said details would be made public later.
“We are still counting,” Ejesieme told PREMIUM TIMES.
This is coming barely five months after a similar discovery was made in Lagos in January this year.
49 boxes containing 661 pieces of pump action rifles were discovered in a container that has already left the port and was heading for its final destination.
The boxes were smartly concealed with steel and other merchandise goods but Customs officials from the Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone A, Ikeja, insisted on conducting a comprehensive search of the consignment, leading to the discovery of the arms.
Customs officers involved in clearing the container were declared wanted and later arrested.
The Comptroller General of Customs, Hameed Ali, said they will be charged once investigation is concluded.