The Tin-Can Island Command of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, has intercepted about 393 rounds of live ammunition, expanded empty shells and magazines as well as jack knives concealed in containers and a vehicle on Monday and Tuesday.
The Command’s Area Controller, Musa Abdullahi, who made this known in Lagos, said the first interception was at Ports and Cargo operators of Terminal C11. Abdullahi explained that during examination of a 40-feet container numbered TGHU 60143419, it was discovered to contain 150 rounds of live ammunition and 28 pieces of various jack knives.
The Customs boss noted that on initial examination, an officer suspected that it might contain prohibited items and, as a result, the consignment was moved to the enforcement unit where the items were discovered. He pointed out that on Tuesday, during tallying operations for discharge of vehicles from a vessel, MV Glovis Courage Voyage with number 036 at the Five Star Logistics Terminal, operators of terminal C, a black bag was found in an unpacked Ford Edge with chassis No. 2EMDK48C98BA05947.
He disclosed in a statement by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Uche Ejesieme, that on examination of the bag, it was found to contain 149 rounds of 38mm calibre live ammunition, 92 rounds of 9mm calibre live ammunition, two rounds of 7.62mm calibre live ammunition, 11 cartridges of live ammunition, 12 expanded empty shells of various calibres and one empty magazine.
He also said a suspect had been held in connection with the first seizure in contravention of Schedule Four of absolute import prohibition list item 17 of common external tariff and Section 46 of the Customs and Excise Management Act Cap C45 LFN 2004.
Abdullahi said all the exhibits were currently detained at the enforcement unit of the Command until the investigation was conducted on the seizures made.