Customs seizes container from Turkey carrying arms, ammunitions worth N4bn

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The intercepted arms, ammunitions

The Nigeria Customs Service says it has intercepted a container from Turkey containing 844 rifles and 112,500 pieces of live ammunition.

The Comptroller General of Customs, Adewale Adeniyi, announced this at a news conference on Monday, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

He said that the arms and ammunitions included 764 units of Tomahawk Jojef Magnum Black Pump Action Rifles; 10 units of VC Verney Caron Gunmakers Jojef Magnum Silver Pump Action Rifles, 50 units of VC Verney Caron Gunmaker Double Barrel Rifles.

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Others are: 20 units of VC Verney Caron Gunmaker Single Barrel Rifles, Exclusive Series, and Sterling High-Quality Live Ammunition.

The Customs boss said the duty-paid value of the container, which was seized at the Onne Port in the state, is N4,171,710,000.

He said that eight other containers with falsely declared contents, including used clothes and cough syrup with codeine, with a total duty-paid value of N13,915,710,000 were also seized.

Adeniyi lauded the officers involved in the operation.

The CGC warned intending criminals with similar motive to desist from doing so.

According to him, the Nigeria Customs Service will not tolerate any action that compromises the economy and security of the nation.

The CGC said that three suspects were arrested over the crime, while a thorough investigation was ongoing to ensure that all those involved would face the full wrath of the law.

The container, which was subjected to a physical examination on June 21, 2024, was found to have the following contents.

 

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