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INSECURITY: Customs Seizes 11 Rifles, 6 Pistols, Ammunition, Drugs Worth Billions of Naira


Mar 16, 2024

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Tin-Can Island Customs Command, has made significant seizures of firearms, drugs, and ammunition at the Tin-Can Island Port since January 2024, according to an announcement made on Friday.

Speaking to reporters in Lagos, Comptroller Dera Nnadi, the Customs Area Controller of Tin-Can Customs Command, disclosed that a total of 11 rifles, six pistols, and a substantial quantity of ammunition were intercepted from different containers at the port.

Nnadi emphasized that due to ongoing investigations, the source of the arms and ammunition would not be disclosed at this time.

Highlighting the success of the command’s anti-smuggling efforts, Nnadi stated, “Our collaboration with partner agencies in the area of enforcement has yielded significant results.” He listed the seized firearms, including various rifles and pistols found in different containers imported into the country at various times.

“In addition to the firearms seizures, we also intercepted psychotropic substances, with the assistance of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA),” Nnadi added. “Several kilograms of Cannabis Indica and 23 packages containing 23 kilograms of Heroin were confiscated through our joint efforts.”

The Customs Area Controller reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government to ensuring the safety and security of the nation. He emphasized that the intercepted items were intended for nefarious activities, including support for insurgents and kidnapping, posing significant threats to national security.

Switching to revenue generation, Nnadi reported that the Tin-Can Customs Command had generated a total revenue of N240,302,000,000.00 from January to March 15, 2024. This revenue exceeded the monthly target of N94,000,000,000.00, surpassing January’s target by 107% and February’s by 141%.

Nnadi refrained from providing the percentage for March, noting that the month was still in progress. The impressive revenue figures reflect the command’s commitment to meeting and exceeding its revenue targets, contributing to the nation’s economic stability.

The Customs Area Controller concluded by expressing appreciation for the collaborative efforts of all stakeholders in achieving these significant milestones.

This report underscores the vigilance and effectiveness of the Nigeria Customs Service in safeguarding the nation’s borders and combating illicit activities.

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