By Dipo Awojobi – The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has intercepted a 40 ft. container with 980 rounds of 9mm type of live ammunition and a pistol imported into the country from the United State.
The arms and ammunition were concealed but for the eagle eye of the men of NCS at the Tin-Can Island Command.
A statement by the Command’s spokesman, Chris Osunkwo, Tuesday in Lagos said a suspect has been arrested and handed over to the Department of State Security Service, (DSS) for further interrogation.
The statement quoted the area controller of the command, Bashar Yusuf, as saying that the seizure, including camouflage military face cap, camouflage belt, a pair of hand gloves and a pair of shoes, were concealed along with other personal effects in two vehicles.
According to the statement, “A 40 ft container with number CLHU452754/2 with these items has been seized and it is with us and we are transferring them as appropriate to the relevant agency.
“The items were concealed because nobody can just import these things without full authorisation to do that.
“No unauthorised passenger or trader should trade in arms and ammunition all over the world. It is not allowed,” it said.
Noting that, “You have to go through due process; authorization with permit, before you move even one piece across the border of another country.
“The suspect is with the Directorate of State Security Service for further investigation so that we will get the full details of how he came about these items as well as if there are collaborators within Nigeria or outside Nigeria.
“It is within their purview to do that,” the statement added.
Meanwhile, the command said it generated N24.8 billion as revenue in January 2016 compared to N20.9 billion collected in the corresponding period of last year.
The controller attributed the increase to improved transparency, compliance from clearing agents as well as a robust electronic system.