Customs Seize 475 Pump-Action Rifles At Tin Can Port
Is Nigeria preparing for war?
Seizing of arms is becoming a frequent occurrence at the country's ports.
The latest is the uncovering of another container suspected to contain yet another cache of arms imported from Turkey.
The interception came barely one week after the command intercepted a 20-foot container load of 1,100 pump action rifles.
According to investigation, the container with number, CMAU189817/8, is believed to contain about 475 set of pump-action rifles.
It was gathered that the rifles were discovered after the Customs Area Controller of the Command, Bashir Yusuf, ordered a detailed profiling of the importer of the 1,100 rifles intercepted last week.
The container is owned by the same importer.
The seizure is the third in the series of containers loads of arms seizure at the Tin Can port alone, and fourth in the country within eight months.
A source, who witnessed the examination of the container, said that the rifles were concealed with small connecting pipes.
The National Public Relations Officer of the service, Joseph Attah, confirmed the confiscation.
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