Nigerian Customs Services (NCS), Tin-Can Island command has intercepted a 40 ft. container with 980 rounds of 9mm type live ammunition and a pistol imported into the country from the U.S.
The spokesman of the command, Mr.Chris Osunkwo stated this in a statement on Tuesday. According to the statement the area controller of the command, Bashar Yusuf, said 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.
Mr. Yusuf said a suspect who was arrested in connection to the arms and ammunition has been handed over to the State Security Service (SSS) for further investigation.
Officer-in-charge of SSS at Tin Can Island Port, James Udo explained the danger such importation could have on members of the public, if it had escaped customs’ attention,stressing that security must be a collective responsibility.
“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 authorization to do that. No unauthorized passenger or trader should trade in arms and ammunition all over the world. It is not allowed.
“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.”
The NCS in January intercepted 350 cartons of poultry products valued at N1.1 million along Joforo axis, Badagry creeks in Lagos. The Controller of the command, Comptroller Yusuf Umar, said the command intercepted 41 seizures of various items in 2015 with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N72. 71 million.
He also pointed out that there was 78 per cent increase in value of seizures recorded in 2015 compared with 30 seizures valued at N28. 82 million recorded in 2014.
He also said it generated N24.8 billion as revenue in January 2016 compared to N20.9 billion collected in the corresponding period of last year and attributed the increase to improved transparency, compliance from clearing agents as well as a robust electronic system.
The Comptroller General of the Service, Hameed Ali, has promised that the NCS will generate N1 trillion revenue for the Federal Government this year.