Friday, 22 September 2017

Customs Intercepts 2,671 Rifles Imported Illegally from Turkey

The Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service, Retired Col. Hameed Ali, has revealed that the command seized about 2,671 rifles which were illegally imported from Turkey.

According to the comptroller, the importer of the cargo is Great Oil and Gas Ltd and the vessel named “MV Arkas Africa” is owned by Hull Blyth.He revealed that this consignment was imported by the same person who imported the 1,100 refiles that were intercepted on Sept.11 and revealed investigation is on-going to fish out those connected with the container.

“Following the increase in the number of arms seizures in recent times, the Customs Area Controller of Tin-Can Port, Comptroller, Yusuf Bashar, ordered a detailed profile of all imports, especially those coming from Turkey.

“Customs decided to follow profiling approach of 100 per cent examination on containers, especially those containers coming from Turkey.

“Tin-Can Customs command intercepted another 20ft container No CMAUI817/8 containing 470 pump action rifles, immediately the container landed from the port of origin to Nigerian ports.’

“The container was later transferred to the Enforcement Unit of the command where 100 per cent examination revealed 470 pump action rifles.”


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