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Customs seizes rifles, 4,375 ammunition, military camouflage

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Customs seizes rifles, 4,375 ammunition, military camouflage

Officials of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone C, have intercepted an Enugu-bound lorry stacked with questionable cargo including 4,375 live ammunition and two eight-round Magnum Data pump action rifles made in Italy.

The service also seized 200 military camouflage vests, 430 bags of rice valued at N9 million, 1,160 bottles of codeine and 300 blister packs of tramadol.

Three suspects have already been apprehended in connection with the deadly cargo and would be charged to court after investigation.

Briefing journalists while displaying the seized items, the Controller, FOU Zone C, Comptroller Kayode Olusemire, said the hard drugs and camouflage were seized at Head Bridge, Onitsha, Anambra State, while the arms and ammunition were seized on 9th Mile-Enugu Road in Enugu State.
He said the bags of rice, which were concealed with sacks of palm kernel meal, were seized on Port Harcourt-Aba Road.

Olusemire said the arms were hidden in sacks and tucked away inside the lorry carrying beverages while the ammunition was concealed with cartons of Milo.

He added: “This goes to prove that we still have deviants in the society and that no matter what you do to stop them, they still find way of engaging in illegality. The seizures are part of our efforts at ensuring that no act of smuggling happens in the zone. No effort will be spared to ensure the zone is cleared of nefarious individuals.”

The controller condemned the activities of the smugglers.

He said: “It is regrettable that despite all sensitisation efforts by the command, some people still engage in this criminality, causing grievous damage to the economy of the country.

“These drugs are codeine and tramadol of different types and they were brought into the country without any registration – no standardisation, no NAFDAC number.

“Also, the army camouflage vests here are controlled uniforms and regulated items not meant for individuals to import, use or sell.

“The arms and ammunition would have been used to carry out dastardly acts if not for the timely intervention of our personnel.”

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