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How we seized N1.5b firearms, arrested suspect in Lagos, by Customs boss

Comptroller General of Customs, Adewale Adeniyi | File Image

By Ayo Bamidele

The Comptroller General of Customs, Adewale Adeniyi, has announced the seizure of military weapons worth N1.5 billion at the Lagos airport.

Adeniyi, who disclosed this at the Murtala Muhammed Area Command of the Service in Lagos on Wednesday, explained that the weapons include drones, and military accoutrements exported from Turkey to Lagos State.

The Customs boss also disclosed that the Command, acting on intelligence from local and international collaborators, on June 19, 2024, deployed its personnel to man all the exit points around the airport.

Adeniyi said, “During the examination, an item was discovered and suspected to be part of a rifle from a console consignment with airway bill number 235-58737755, emanating from Turkey.

“Consequently, the entire consignment was isolated for thorough examination. At the end of the examination, it was established that 4 packages were used to conceal 55 pieces of unassembled Jojef magnum (Tomahawk) semi-automatic shotgun. The unassembled rifles were concealed using shower faucet. The Duty Paid Value of these illicit arms is ₦270, 888, 109.29.”

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The Customs boss also put the value of military and paramilitary accoutrements improperly imported at N1.29 billion, with the total value of the item put at N1.5 billion.

Adeniyi said a suspect was arrested in connection with the illicit arms importation and would be handed over to the National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons, under the office of the National Security Adviser, for diligent investigation and prosecution.

He gave a breakdown of the seized items as 148 pieces of drones, 172 pieces of ballistic vest, 15 pieces of ballistic plates, one piece of ballistic helmet, eight pieces of walkie-talkie, 9,172 pieces of military and paramilitary badges, 20 pieces of camouflage uniform, 100 pieces of camouflage vest, 172 pieces of camouflage cap, and 120 pieces of binoculars.

Recall that days ago, the Customs announced that its officers in Port Harcourt seized 844 rifles and 112,500 rounds of ammunition.

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