Nigeria Customs Intercepts Containers Carrying 844 Riffles, Live Ammunitions, Tramadol, Clothes, Others Worth's N13bn In Onne.
By: Bisi Akingbade

The Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, has made a significant seizure of arms and ammunition at the Port Harcourt Area II Command in Onne. The Comptroller General of Customs Adewale Adeniyi made the announcement during a press conference at Onne, Rivers State on July 1, 2024.

Acting on credible intelligence on June 21, 2024, Customs officers, while inspecting a suspicious 1x40-foot container from Turkey, found it to contain 844 rifles and 112,500 rounds of live ammunition. These items were concealed among doors, furniture, plumbing fittings, and leather bags, with a total duty-paid value of ₦4,171,710,000.00.

During the press conference, the CGC asserted that “This interception underscores our commitment to national security and public safety. We remain vigilant and committed to our duty. Three suspects have been detained in connection with the seizure, with a thorough investigation underway to ensure all involved face legal consequences.” 

Additionally, on June 29, 2024, Customs officers intercepted eight 40-foot containers destined for a bonded warehouse from Onne Port. These containers contained 1,050,000 bottles of CSC Cough Syrup with Codeine, 3,500,000 tablets of Trodol Benzhexol, and 720 bales of used clothes with the duty-paid value of ₦13,915,710,000.00.

“These seizures result from our robust Risk Management System and collaboration with intelligence communities both locally and internationally. The container bearing the arms and ammunition will be handed over to the National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons for further investigation and prosecution. Licenses and permits of warehouses and terminals involved have been suspended, and officers found complicit will face severe sanctions,” said Adeniyi. 

Comptroller General Adeniyi commended the Customs Area Comptroller Onne Port, Mohammed Babandede, and his team for their professionalism. He also acknowledged the crucial support from local and international partners as well as other government agencies.

“This seizure serves as a strong warning to others contemplating similar misadventures. We will run you out of business; the NCS continues to demonstrate its dedication to protecting Nigeria’s borders and ensuring the security of its citizens,” Adeniyi concluded.

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