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As Customs investigates 661 pump action riffles deal

As Customs investigates 661 pump action riffles deal

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has insisted that offi­cials involved in the clesring of the 661 pieces of pump action rifles concealed under steel doors and uncovered by operatives of Federal Operation Unit, Zone A, Lagos will be brought to book.
The 49 boxes filled with the rif­fles were being ferried in a con­tainer from China along Mile 2 axis of the Apapa-Oshodi express road in Lagos when they met their waterloo.
Already by Tuesday, NCS said the officers who allegedly exam­ined and cleared the ammuni­tion-laden container at the Apa­pa port, Lagos State, have been declared wanted.
The two officers, Abdullahi I, with service number 44483 ASC, and Odiba Haruna Inah, with ser­vice number 133386, were said to had fled after the weapons were uncovered by the operatives of the Federal Operations Unit, Zone A, Ikeja.
According to the spokesper­son for the FOU, Jerry Attah, oth­er suspects were cooperating, ex­plaining that the two officers were declared wanted for their roles in the incident.
“Immediately the weapons were uncovered, they took to their heels and that is why we are declaring them wanted. They were the ones that examined and checked the container at the Apapa port.
“The other suspects, includ­ing three other officers, are still in our custody pending the conclu­sion of investigations. There will be no half measures. We will get to the root of the case.”
A document, signed by the DCG Enforcement, Investigation and Inspection, Dan Ugo, declar­ing the two men wanted.
The document, which displayed their pictures and force numbers, said, :“The above customs officers are wanted in connection with the clearance of a one-by-40-foot con­tainer no PONU/825914/3 found to contain 661 pump-action rifles.
“Whenever/wherever seen, they should be arrested and taken to the nearest customs formation.”
It was gathered that tendion is already high within the NCS as the Comptroller General of Cus­toms, Hameed Ali (rtd) has or­dered immediate investigation into the intricasies that led to the clearing of the consignment at the port before it intercepted.
According to him, the investi­gation will determine officials re­spondible for the initial examina­tion, which is expected to lead to apprehension of others involved in the shady deal.
Already, three persons had been arrested in connection with the contraband during the official announcement by the CGC which he gave their names as including a 51 years old importer, Mr. Oscar Okafor; the 56 years old clearing agent, Mahmud Hassan; and a 28 years old Sadique Mustapha, said to be accompanying the consign­ment to its destination.
Explaining further on the sei­zure, the CGC had stated that a Mack truck with registration number BDG 265 XG conveying the 1by40ft container with num­ber PONU/825914/3 was held by NCS and would be handed over to the appropriate government agen­cy for more investigations.
“On January 22, 2017, the Rov­ing Team of the NCS Federal Op­erations Unit, intercepted a Mack truck conveying the seized arms and ammunition.
“The truck was immediately taken to the premises of the FOU, Zone A were physical examination revealed 49 boxes containing a to­tal number of truck was immedi­ately taken to the premises of the FOU, Zone A were physical exam­ination revealed 49 boxes contain­ing a total number of 661 pieces of pump action rifles concealed under steel doors and other mer­chandise goods declaration.
“The owner of this container declared that the container con­tained steel doors and other mer­chandise goods. However, we have been able to discover this arms and ammunitions inside the con­tainer.

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