Nigeria Customs Service discovers 1,100 pump action rifles in container at Tin-Can Island

Nigeria Customs Service discovers 1,100 pump action rifles in container at Tin-Can Island

- A 20 foot container bearing 1,100 pump action rifles has been discovered by the Nigeria Customs Service, at Tin-Can Island

- The weapons were reportedly smuggled in from Turkey, with a Bill of Laden which was disguised as conveying wash hand basins

- According to the Customs comptroller general, a customs officer and a clerk have both been arrested in connection with the discovery

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Tin-Can Island Command, has intercepted a 20 foot container bearing 49 boxes containing 1,100 pump action rifles, Vanguard reports.

The weapons were discovered when operatives of the Command busted a syndicate which specializes in smuggling weapons into the country.

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Nigerian Customs Service discovers 1,100 pump action riffles in container at Tin-Can Island

The weapons were concealed in 49 boxes (Photo credit: Vanguard)

NAIJ.com gathers that the weapons were smuggled in from Turkey, under a Bill of Laden which was filled out stating that the container was conveying wash hand basins.

Nigeria Customs Service discovers 1,100 pump action rifles in container at Tin-Can Island

Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd.) inspects the weapons with other Customs chiefs

Colonel Hameed Ali (Rtd.), the comptroller general of the Customs Service, in a chat with newsmen, stated that a customs officer who had disregarded due process and cut the seal of the container, had been arrested.

A clerk has also been arrested in connection with the discovery.

Nigeria Customs Service discovers 1,100 pump action rifles in container at Tin-Can Island

The weapons are laid out in view of the public, after the illegal shipment was intercepted

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NAIJ.com previously reported that the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) intercepted and seized 661 brand new pump-action rifles stored in 49 boxes in truck in Lagos state.

Although the command did not disclose where the weapons were from or where they were headed, reports indicated that the scary haul came in from China.

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