The Tincan Island Port command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has said that it intercepted cache of ammunition in two separate operations on the 9th and 10th of July, 2018 respectively at the command.
A statement issued in Lagos by the command’s Public Relations Officer, Uche Ejesieme observed that the first incident at the terminal C II (Ports & Cargo) involved 1 x 40ft container No. TGHU 60143419 which on scheduled examination was found to contain live ammunition and Jack Knife.
According to the statement, following the discovery, the Customs Area Controller of the command, Comptroller Musa Baba Abdullahi directed the transfer of the suspicious container to the Enforcement Unit of the command where it was examined and found to contain one hundred and fifty rounds of live ammunition and twenty-eight pieces of various sizes of Jack Knives.
“These items contravene Schedule 4 absolute Prohibition List Items 17 of the Common external Tariff and Section 46 of the Customs and Excise Management Act CAP C45 LFN 2004. Meanwhile, the container, a suspect and the exhibit are currently being held at the Enforcement station pending investigation.
“In the same vein, the command during routine tally operations, while vehicles were being discharged from a vessel MV Glovis Courage Voyage No. 036, at 0330hrs of 10th July, 2018, at Five Star Logistics terminal, a black bag was found in one unpacked Ford Edge with Chassis No. 2FMDK48C98BA05947. On examination, the bag was found to contain the following; 149 rounds of 38MM Calibre Live Ammunition, 92 rounds of 9MM Calibre Live Ammunition, 2 rounds of 7.62MM Calibre Live Ammunition, 11 Cartridges of Live Ammunition, 12 expended empty shells of various Calibres and 1 empty Magazine.
“The vehicle and the exhibits are currently detained at the Enforcement unit pending further investigation”, the statement said.
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