Nigerian Customs All the times illicit weapons were seized this year

Over 2,000 weapons have been seized by customs this year alone.

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The seized consignment of pump action rifles being displayed by customs on September 11, 2017. Pictured in the middle is Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ibrahim Ali play

The seized consignment of pump action rifles being displayed by customs on September 11, 2017. Pictured in the middle is Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ibrahim Ali

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Lagos city has one of the largest and busiest ports in Nigeria. All kinds of goods come through the Tin Can and Apapa ports. Various cargo arrive in the country from all over the world to these ports. These cargo comprise of different type of goods including cars, lace, toys, and household goods.

Most recently there have been batches of illegal weapons coming through. 2017 has seen operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service (NSC) seizing over 2,000 weapons from the first month of the year to September 2017.

This contraband is enough to be a reason for concern with the current level of insecurity in Nigeria - Boko Haram attacks, clashes in the East between supporters of Biafra and the Nigerian army. Ironically, with 2019 election fast approaching, this could also be a reason for the high numbers of weapons being imported.

Here are all the times illicit weapons were seized this year.

January 2017 - 661 pieces of pump-action rifles

Pump action rifles seized by customs play

Pump action rifles seized by customs

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In January, customs seized 661 pieces of pump-action rifles which came from China at the Lagos port. These guns were hidden with steel doors and other goods. The AK47 rifles were concealed in 49 boxes.

The Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ali, told journalists on January 30, 2017 the Federal Operations Unit intercepted the consignment which had left the port along Mile 2 Apapa Road, Lagos.

Three suspects were arrested in connection with this.

May 2017 - 440 arms and ammunition

The Tin Can Island Command of the NSC intercepted a container with 440 arms and ammunition including pump action rifles and single-barrelled devices. The cargo coming from Turkey was declared as plaster of paris (POP).

This container was found  in a a 40-foot container at the Ports and Cargo Terminal of the Tin Can Island Ports.

September 2017 - 1,110 rifles

This has been the largest consignment of weapons seized this year. The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) seized 1,100 firearms that were being smuggled in from Turkey at the Tin-Can Island Port, Lagos.

The arms were hidden in a 20-foot container. The Comptroller-General of NSC shared on September 11, 2017 that two people including a customs official and a terminal clerk had been arrested.

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Ali told newsmen the cargo was declared as water closets and wash-hand-basins.

Upon thorough examination, the container was discovered to contain 600 pieces of Jojef Magnum Black Pump action, 300 pieces of Jojef Magnum Silver Pump action and 209 pieces of Jojef Magnum Plastic Single Barrels Hunting Gun Pump Action Rifles," he said.

With all three cases, investigations are being carried out.

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