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Customs officers seize 1,100 sophisticated rifles at Lagos Port


Officials of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) have uncovered hidden 1,100 pump-action rifles in a container at the Tin-Can Island Port in Lagos State that were concealed and smuggled into the country.
The Controller-General of Customs, Colonel Hameed Alli (rtd), disclosed that the weapons were brought in from Turkey and concealed in a container purportedly conveying wash basins.
Following a thorough examination of the container, the weapons included 600 pieces of Georgia Magnum Black Pump-Action rifles among other rifles.
“If you add 600 plus 300, plus 200, that’s 1,100 pieces of pump-action rifles that were brought in under the guise of wash-hand basins and some other items,” he said.
A Customs officer and a clerk at the Tin-Can Island Command have been arrested as part of investigations.
In January 2017 661 pieces of smuggled pump-action rifles were seized in Lagos.

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