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The last time such a large catchment of arms was found in one location in Nigeria was during the civil war.
About three months ago, the Federal Operations Unit of the Nigeria Customs Service intercepted 660 pieces of pump action rifles at Apapa port in Lagos.
On Tuesday, the Service (NCS) intercepted another 440 pieces of pump action rifles at Tin Can Island Port also in Lagos.
Displaying the guns to newsmen on Tuesday at the Tin-Can Island Command, Monday Abueh, the Zonal Coordinator of Zone A’, said the guns were ship in from Turkey.
The guns were concealed in a 20-ft container no PONU210024 (1) 22G1 carrying POP powder used to design houses.
Apparently, someone had tipped the Customs that the container was not just carrying POP powder but guns and other ammunition.
Abueh, who is also an Assistant Comptroller-General, said a suspect had been arrested in connection with the seizure.
The service intercepted the container on Monday night and transferred it to its enforcement unit where other security agencies were called in for inspection.
“These are pump action of various designs intercepted based on intelligence report of the Tin-Can Island Customs under Controller Bashir Yusuf.
“He was able to make use of the intelligence report made available to him and the container was identified and intercepted,’’ the zonal coordinator said.
Also speaking, Yusuf noted that apart from the 440 pieces of pump action magnum brand, other accessories of the guns were found in the container, including completely Knocked Down rifles were also found in the consignment.
According to him, some of the guns were manufactured in the U.S. and Italy but mainly imported from Turkey.