The Tin-Can Island Command of the Nigeria Customs Service says it has intercepted a container with two cars loaded with arms and ammunition as well as military equipment imported from United States (U.S.). Speaking at a press briefing yesterday, the Area Comptroller of the command, Yusuf Bashar, said the officers were able to intercept the cars been on a tip-off they got.
“We got a hint that there is a magazine in a used Toyota car 2004 model with Chassis No 2T1BR32E54C309841. Customs officers isolated the vehicle to give it a thorough checking. We discovered 10 pieces of life rounds called Hornady ammunition with the magazine”he said
Bashar added that the command also intercepted another container of used 2007 Nissan Armada car where an Omini American Tactical Rifle No AR48634 and Moasberg American Pump Action with No U648018. were hidden. Also found in the container were two rifles, 3,500 pieces of Premier Hollow point (Air Gun Pellets), and 4,000 pieces of Premier Hollow point (Air gun pellets). We also discovered on examination, in the same container, 3,500 pieces of Premier Hollow point (Air Gun Pellets), and 4,000 pieces of Premier Hollow point (Air gun pellets).
“We also discovered nine pieces of military bullets proof vests; one piece of helmet with rain proof, one pistol Punch, one Riffle Punch, a set of military gas masks, 26 packs of military already made foods and two pairs of military booths.We will hand over the items to the Department of State Security (DSS) for custody of the ammunition because they are too dangerous to be with unauthorised persons,“ he said
Bashar added that one suspect has been arrested while further investigations is ongoing.