The Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Hameed Ali, told newsmen in Lagos state on Thursday that the seizure was the fourth at the Lagos port within the time frame of eight months. He also disclosed that following the recent increase in arms seizures, the Customs Area Controller of Tin-Can Port, Comptroller Yusuf Bashar, has ordered a detailed profile of all imports, especially those coming from Turkey.
In his words, “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 terminal operators have been was consequently directed to quarantine the container for analysis.
According to him, the importer of the cargo is Great Oil and Gas Ltd and the vessel named “MV Arkas Africa” owned by Hull Blyth”. He said that the NCS would now be responsive and capable of meeting the challenges being posed and urged Nigerians to remain vigilant
He revealed that he would be having meeting with the ambassador of Turkey in order to rub minds over continuous importation of containers of ammunition into Nigeria.