Tin-Can Island Customs Intercepts Another 475 Rifles

Sandra Ukele

The Tin-Can Island Command of the Nigerian Customs Service have intercepted yet another 475 rifles imported into the country.

The rifles which were discovered based on the Customs Area Comptroller's order Comptroller Yusuf Bashir, to profile the importer of the 1,100 rifles seized last week Monday is alleged to belong to the same importer.

Upon investigations it was discovered that the 20-foot container with the number CMAU 18981718 belongs to the same importer.

The informant who claimed anonymity confirmed the rifles were concealed in small connecting pipes. In his words:

"The container is owned by the same importer of the 1,100 guns. After a detailed profiling of the importer it was discovered he still has another container within the ports, so they fished it out.
"But I don't know why they are hiding the identity of the importer," he continued.

According to the source, on Monday the container was still been examined at the Enforcement Unit of Customs when a large number of Customs Intelligence Unit officers barred port users from witnessing the count.

On reaching the Public Relations Officer of the Command Mr. Uche Ejesieme for his reactions on the matter, he could not confirm the authenticity of the development. According to Mr. Ejesieme, "I am not aware and I do not know anything about it," he said.

Efforts to reach the Deputy Comptroller in charge of Enforcement Mr. Dera Nnadi also proved abortive.

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