The Nigerian Customs Service, NCS, has declared two of its senior officers wanted over the importation of 661 pump-action rifles.
The arms, which were intercepted at the Lagos port, were concealed with steel doors and other merchandise goods.
The wanted officers are Abdulahi I, an assistant superintendent of customs (ASC), with service number 44483 and ACIC Odiba Inah, with service number 133386.
An alert issued on Tuesday evening by the Deputy Comptroller General, Enforcement, Investigation and Inspection, Dan Ugo, requested that the officers be arrested wherever they are seen and taken to the nearest customs formation.
The Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ali, had on Monday said that the Federal Operations Unit while on patrol, intercepted a Mark truck with registration number BUG 265 XG conveying a 40ft container with number; PONU/825914/3 along Mile 2 Apapa Road, Lagos.
Mr Ali said “the truck was immediately taken to the Federal Operations Unit, FOU’s premises for physical examination and 49 boxes containing 661 pieces of pump action rifles concealed with steel doors were revealed.”
He stated that the rifles were under absolute prohibition and the importation was illegal.
“Such deadly contravention of the law is even more unacceptable considering the fragile security situation in some parts of the country.
“Already three suspects have been arrested in connection with this illegal importation,” he said.
The suspects are: Oscan Okafor (an importer), Mahmud Haruna (a clearing agent), and Sadique Mustapha (accompanying the consignment to its destination).
The Comptroller-General had explained that the consignment was said to have originated from Turkey. He stressed that there was a mix-up in the document which finally revealed that the consignment originated from China.
According him, the Customs officers who were involved in the clearance of the containers were in the custody of Comptroller Mahmud Haruna of FOU Zone “A’’.
Mr. Ali said the seizure underscored the determination of the service to enforce all laws relating to importation and exportation of goods into and out the country thereby contributing to the economy, security and well-being of the country.