( Updated) Container load of arms impounded by Customs at Apapa Wharf

The Nigeria Customs Service Tuesday said it uncovered another container load of arms and ammunition at the cargo terminal of Apapa wharf. The container the service can confirm originated from Turkey.

The head of Tin Can Port Command, Monday Abue, said the importers of the container claimed it contained plaster of Paris, POP.

Abue said the cargo contained 440 arms and ammunition, and that investigation was on to locate the importer.

“They are pump action rifles of various designs and also the single barrel device that you are familiar with. Based on intelligence report, Controller Bashar identified and intercepted the container,” he explained.

“We discovered that they used POP to conceal the importation. We have arrested one defendant but due to security reasons, we don’t want to make it public for now because such information could hamper investigations which are still ongoing.”

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Uche Ejesieme, the spokesman of the service, Tin Can Island Command who had earlier confirmed the seizure said “100 pieces of black tornado single barrel rifles, 75 pieces of silver magnum single barrel rifles, 50 pieces of altar pump action rifles, 215 pieces of black single barrel rifles among other accessories” were discovered.

Tuesday’s seizure is the second major haul by the customs this year following the discovery of 661 pump action rifles by the service which lead to arrest of some customs officials.