A 40-feet Container imported into the country from the United States containing 980 rounds of 9mm-type live ammunition and pistol has been intercepted by the Tin-Can Island Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).
In a statement made available to newsmen in Lagos on Tuesday by the Public Relations Officer of the command, Mr. Chris Osunkwo, the Area Controller of the Command, Comptroller Bashar Yusuf, said “A 40 ft container with number CLHU452754/2 with these items have 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 authorisation to do that. No unauthorised 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 Comptroller, Yusuf, said the ammunitions including a 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.
He added that the arms and ammunition along with the arrested suspect have been handed over to the Department of State Services (DSS) for further investigation.