4 vehicles, including RX 330, Sienna, Camry, amongst items found in container suspected To contain arms.
Other items found included one (1) unit of Smith & wesson pistol of model SW40V OF 40SW Calibre
2 packs of 50pcs each of 9mm live ammunition totalling 100pcs and 8 packs of 25 pcs each of 70mm.
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Tincan Island Port Command, Lagos says 4 vehicles, including a Lexus RX 330 and a Toyota Sienna were amongst items found in a container earlier suspected to be laden with arms.
The confirmation was done following a joint physical examination comprising the DSS, Police, NAFDAC, SON, Bomb Disposal etc. on Monday 20th December, 2021.
A statement issued by Public Relations Officer, Tincan Island Port Command, CSC Uche Ujeseime on Friday 17th December 2021 had revealed that operatives of Customs had stumbled on the container suspected to be carrying uncustomed goods with specific suspicion of it being pistols and some rounds of Ammunition.
However, the result of the initial examination was inconclusive as the exercise was terminated on the discovery of a firearm. A more thorough search of the container was ordered to uncover other arms and ammunition if any.
The examination jointly conducted revealed the following items :
Four (4) used vehicles, including a 2005 lexus Rx 330, 2009 Toyota Sienna and two (2) units of 2009 Toyota camry as well as undeclared 53 pcs of new 55″ LG Televisions and other goods.
Other items found included One (1) unit of Smith & wesson pistol of model SW40V OF 40SW Calibre, Two (2) packs of 50pcs each of 9mm live ammunition totalling 100pcs.
Also, one (1) empty (expended) shell of 9mm ammunition and eight (8) packs of 25 pcs each of 70mm (totalling 200pcs) and two empty pistol magazines were found concealed inside bags containing used clothes.
Meanwhile, the Command had swiftly swung into action and a suspect was apprehended and kept in detention at the Customs facility. Thorough investigations are ongoing and it is hoped that results of the findings will reveal masterminds of the illicit import for appropriate sanctions.