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The NCS uncovers ammunition container

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By Mercy Kelani

A 40ft container was discovered to contain 10 dangerous arms.

Recently, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) declared seizure of 31 arms of different kinds from the Tin-Can and Port and Multi-Purpose Terminals (PTML) located in Lagos. Mr. Adewale Adeniyi, the new Comptroller-General of the Customs, made this announcement, stating that the seizure saw the arrest of two suspects who are currently in the agency’s custody. In his statement, it was discovered that the service, at the Ports Terminal and Multi Services Limited Command, had a joint operation with the Police, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), the Department of State Security (DSS), and the Customs Intelligence Unit on July 5, 2023.

During the operation, a 40ft container was critically examined and was discovered to contain 10 dangerous arms and different rounds of ammunition hidden in plastic drums. According to Mr. Adeniyi, the discoveries include three new pump action rifles, six new different models of pistols, one new sarsilmaz SAR-9X pistol, one new Taurus Banbridge G3C pistol, one new Taurus (63 pistol) 14 empty magazines, one new unit of an armed rifle, one new millennium G2 pistol, three new Lugger Security-9 pistol, one new SCCY CPX-2 pistol, and 442 rounds of live ammunition.

Customs officers to curb smuggling and promote national security.

He added that the agency officers have proven true commitment to their obligations, affirming that they have been diligent and perseverant to their operations. Adeniyi stated that the actions of the NCS is backed by a sense of purpose, alongside the motto of renewed hope, which is the vision of the current administration. He asserted that the NCS is aware of the importance of its responsibility in achieving the objectives of the administration of President Tinubu, as stated in the Road Map of the Policy Advisory Council document.

There has been further alignment of the NCS activities with the goals of the government given the declared state of emergency in national security and revenue generation. Emphasising the commitment of the NCS, the Customs’ Comptroller-General said that the service has been working relentlessly, with recent achievements, to curb smuggling and promote national security. Some of the diligent and dedicated officers in the agency at different Commands and formations, have discovered various smuggled ammunition and arms while on duty.

Illegal arms purchased by non-state actors increase violence in the country.

It was further revealed that two clearing agents, Mr. Joseph Nwadiodor and Mr. Shokunbi Olanrewaju from Shooler Global International Ltd, who were to deliver the container have been detained as suspects due to the seizure of the container. Within the same period, besides the seizure of arms at PTML Customs Command, the Tin-Can Island Port Command of NCS, following reliable intelligence, carried out a 100 percent physical examination of a 1×40ft container at the port. During the examination, they discovered packets of cartridges, 18 arms and rounds of live ammunition concealed in plastic drums.

Also, on July 12, 2023, there was an interception of an unregistered Toyota Camry by officers of the Joint Border Patrol Team Sector 2 during a routine patrol around Owode/Ajilete Axis of Ogun State. The Toyota Camry had six sacks of charcoal in it, which was used as a camouflage to hide 174 live cartridges and 3 pump action rifles. It has, therefore, become apparent that illegal arms purchased by non-state actors have promoted an increase in the spread of arms and ammunition across Nigeria, accounting for increased robberies, violent kidnappings and mass killings.

Importers and agents were encouraged to be patriotic.

Assuring everyone of the NCS commitment, the customs boss said that the agency has re-strategised its operations, improved the professionalism of its officers and focused on the mantra of renewed hope enable legitimate trade. New plans have been reinstated to address the security and economic problems caused by disobedient importers and agents. With this, he encouraged importers and agents to embrace patriotism by being sincere and abiding by the prohibition lists of import and export. He also stressed that the public should view security as a collective responsibility.


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AN-Toni
AN-Toni
Editor
4 months ago

The NCS uncovers ammunition container.A 40ft container was discovered to contain 10 dangerous arms.Express your point of view. 

Adeolastan
Adeolastan
Member
4 months ago

The discovery of dangerous weapons being smuggled into the country is a serious concern and underscores the need for law enforcement agencies to remain vigilant and proactive in their efforts to prevent such incidents. The discovery of a 40ft container containing 10 dangerous arms is a clear indication of the lengths that some individuals will go to in order to circumvent the law and engage in illegal activities.

It’s important for law enforcement agencies to work together to identify and disrupt the networks that are involved in the smuggling of dangerous weapons. This includes investing in technology and intelligence gathering capabilities that can help identify potential threats before they materialize. Additionally, it’s important to create public awareness campaigns that educate citizens about the dangers of illegal arms trafficking and encourage them to report any suspicious activity they may observe.

The discovery of this ammunition container is a reminder that security is a shared responsibility, and that everyone has a role to play in keeping our communities safe. By working together, we can help ensure that dangerous weapons are kept out of the hands of criminals and other individuals who seek to do harm.

Abusi
Abusi
Member
4 months ago

I applaud the custom service for the work they are doing. They were able to intercept the container loaded with guns and ammunition. This is just risky and a threat to our national security. Who knows where the criminals are taking the ammunitions to.

Haykaylyon26
Haykaylyon26
Member
4 months ago

The finding of lethal weapons being smuggled into the nation raises serious concerns and highlights the necessity for law enforcement agencies to continue to be attentive and proactive in their efforts to avoid such tragedies. A container of arm been found is better they find the root of it and arrest those who are in it together

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
Member
4 months ago

The crate with the weapons and ammo was successfully confiscated. This is really dangerous and a threat to our country but our force is doing a terrific job of finding all of these criminal acts, which is what we need them to do for us so that we can feel safe in the nation.

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
Member
4 months ago

Lethal weapons being brought into the country illegally raises serious questions and emphasizes the need for law enforcement agencies to remain vigilant and proactive in their attempts to prevent such tragedies. Finding a container of weapons is preferable to locating the source of the problem who are ordering this dangerous weapon