The Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone ‘A’ of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has intercepted 436 cartridges allegedly concealed in packs of confectionaries.
According to the Customs Public Relations Officer of the Zone ‘A’ FOU, Uche Ejesieme, the consignment of concealed ammunition were allegedly intercepted last Wednesday during a routine check on a commercial vehicle at Gbaji Checkpoint along Badagry Expressway.
The suspected owners, according to Ejesieme, allegedly jumped into the nearby lagoon during the process of profiling by the arresting officers inorder to confirm the real owners of the seized consignment.
Uche quoted the Controller of the Zone ‘A’ FOU, Comptroller Dan Ugo, as saying that the unit has stepped up its anti-smuggling activities to check the influx of arms and ammunitions through the land borders following and intelligence reports.
Ugo noted that the Customs Comptroller-General Dikko Inde Abdullahi had admonished officers to ensure extra vigilance, particularly at the land borders, so as to guard against influx of arms and ammunitions, especially with the recent insurgencies in a number West African countries.
He added that the borders in the South-West and beyond will be thoroughly monitored, so that unscrupulous elements will not use these points for such illicit transactions.
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