Customs intercepts container-load of firearms at Tin Can port

Customs intercepts container-load of firearms at Tin Can port
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The Tin Can Island Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has intercepted a container loaded with guns and ammunition at the Tin Can Island Port Complex, Lagos.

The container was reportedly declared as plasma television, but on examination, Customs discovered it to be loaded with cartons of guns.

Confirming the development to newsmen on Saturday morning, Public Relations Officer of the Tin Can Customs, Uche Ejesieme, said the Command was briefed by its officers about the case of the gun import.

The clearing license used to clear cargo was reportedly commercialised, this means that the clearing agent owning the license sublet it for a fee for another person to use.

Ejesieme said further examination are being made to confirm the quantity, adding that information are still sketchy at the moment.

“I wish therefore to confirm that a container suspected to be laden with arms and possibly ammunition was intercepted.

“Following this development, the command intimated the terminal operators and requested that the suspected container be transferred to our enforcement unit for 100% examination.

“This suffices that the information is still sketchy but we do hope that comprehensive information would be availed after the 100% examination, following which we will communicate officially to the Customs management as well our zonal coordinator in line with service protocol,” he said.