Tin Can Customs impounds arms cache, military uniforms
The Tin Can Island Command of the Nigeria has impounded a large cache of arms and ammunitions concealed in a Toyota Corolla car, Nissan Armada Sports Utility Vehicle and a 20 foot-container declared as personal effects for the United States.
Customs Area Controller for the command, Comptroller Bashar Yusuf, who briefed newsmen Monday, disclosed that operatives of the command discovered a total of 7, 500 pieces of ammunitions comprising 3,500 pieces of Premier Hollow Point air gun pellets and another 4,000 Premier Hollow Point air gun pellets concealed in a 20-foot container with MISCU718443//6 declared as personal effects.
Other items concealed in the container include nine pieces of bullet proof vests, one military helmet, a set of military gas mask with two spare glass, a pistol pouch, a riffle pouch, two military boots, 26 packs of military already made food packs,
Also concealed in the container include one American Pump Action, one American Omni Tactical riffle with serial number AR48634 and a Mossberg American Pump Action with serial number U648018; a pair of military camouflage uniforms and a jacket.
It was gathered that the command has arrested one Christian Mbachu in connection with the consignment, which arrived Nigeria on November 29, 2016 and was examined November 30, 2016, who has been detained and currently helping the operatives with the investigations.
The comptroller, who commented on the detection and seizure of the consignment, disclosed that it was purely an act of enforcement not intelligence, insisting that the operatives were suspicious of the arrangement of the personal effects in the container and decided to examine it in more details.
He also told the newsmen that the command discovered 10 rounds of ammunitions concealed in a 2004 model of Toyota Corolla with chasis number 2TBR32E54CB09841 and a Harnady Forte S/W ammunition following a tip off.
It was further gathered that the vehicle was discovered while it was coming out of the Roll-On –Roll-Off vessel, for which no arrest has been made.
Baashar also said that the operatives have also seized the 2007 model of Nissan Armada with chassis number 5W1AA08469N70977 in which the American Omni Tactical riffle.
The CAC, who expressed shock at the desperation of some Nigerians to commit atrocities wondered what would happened if the operatives failed to examine and detect these dangerous items brought into the country as personal effects.
“How do you expect Nigerians using the green passport to secure visas to foreign countries and on their way back, the best they could think of, is to bring in items that are absolutely prohibited items such as ammunitions and gas masks instead of bringing in machineries that could be used for other productive activities?”, he questioned rhetorically
While expressing fears over the worsening level of insecurity in the country, urged the media to collaborate with the service in its efforts to ensure that such absolutely prohibited and other classes of prohibited items do not come into the country.
He however swore that the service would intensify its strict examination on all goods imported into the country to ensure that these evil minded men do not succeed with their evil plans.
While urging Nigerians, especially those in Diaspora to condemn this desperation towards causing mayhem in the country, reminded them that Nigeria remains the only country they can call their own.
Bashar however assured that the command would hand over the prohibited items to the relevant government agencies including the Department of States Security Service DSS in line with its inter-agency cooperation.
It would be recalled that the command had in the last seven months since the Comptroller took charge of the command made seizures of arms and ammunitions as well as the seizure of cocaine worth over N2billion for which the management of the service has commended the command for timely management of intelligence reports.