The Tin Can Island Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has arrested two suspects in connection with an imported vehicle containing arm and ammunition.
NCS said its officials stumbled on a pistol and a fully loaded magazine inside the 2003 Toyota Camry at the Five Star Logistics terminal of Tin-Can Island port in Lagos during a routine examination on August 28, 2021.
Confirming the development on Sunday night, August 29, the Tin Can Island Customs command spokesman, Uche Ejesieme, explained that other government agencies like the Department of State Services (DSS) and Nigerian Police Force (NPF) have been invited to access the imported vehicle.
“Our operatives at the Five Star Logistics terminal, while on routine examination on August 28, stumbled on a pistol with its magazine inside a Toyota Camry car at the exit point. Consequently, and in line with our standard operating procedure (SOP), the DSS, police and other security agencies were invited to the scene,” the spokesperson stated.
“Thereafter, the exhibit was taken to the Customs Enforcement Unit for safe custody pending a formal report to Customs headquarters on Monday for further directives,”
“We are using this opportunity to once again advise importers and other agents to desist from getting involved with such offensive imports, particularly items like this on the list of absolute prohibition in view of the dire consequence.”
Meanwhile, the suspects, a driver and the clearing agent have been handed over to the Enforcement Team of the Tin Can Customs Command.