Last week, during routine monitoring at the terminal, the Nigeria Customs Service seized 1,100 pump action rifles which were illegally imported into the country. The rifles were loaded in a 20-foot container. Preliminary investigation showed that the weapons were imported from Turkey. The Bill of Lading indicated the items in the container to be wash-hand basins and water closets.
This was Customs’ third such seizure this year. The first was in February when 661 pump action rifles were found. Another 440 pump action rifles were seized in May 2017, bringing the total of rifles seized by Customs in the past nine months to 2,201. Customs’ Comptroller-General Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (rtd), while displaying the seized 1,100 Jojef Magnum Pump Action and Jojef Magnum Plastic Single Barrel Hunting Gun Pump Action Rifles at the Tin Can Island port in Lagos, said a Customs officer suspected to have cut the seal of the container without following due process had been arrested. Ali said a clerk at the terminal was arrested alongside the officer.
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