The Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Tincan Island Command has stepped up patrol in the port following the seizure of 1,100 ammunition imported into the country through Turkey. The Command also warned against unauthorised entry into the port.
The Public Relations Officer of the Command, Uche Ejesieme, disclosed this in a chat with Sunday Vanguard, explaining that the mind-boggling seizure of 1,100 arms is a clear signal that the Command is alert 24 hours to prevent influx of ammunition and other prohibited items capable of threatening the economic environment from coming into the country.
According to him, “The Customs Area Controller, CAC, of Tincan, Comptroller Bashar Yusuf has positioned officers on strategic position in the port to be vigilant in monitoring and taking thorough details on activities going on at every corner of the port. We are in the ember months. This period of the year is when economic saboteurs engage more in illicit trade but we are adequately equipped for the task.
On a visit to the Command, Sunday Vanguard gathered that the smuggler of the deadly cargo concealed the items in a 20ft container number GESU2555208 in a bid to escape security checks. Even the Bill of Lading, which is a document that gives clear description of items imported into a country, was misleading.
Vanguard, September 17, 2017
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