The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), again intercepted cache of arms and ammunition smuggled into the country from neighbouring Niger Republic.
Recall that the service had intercepted pump action rifles imported from Turkey at the Tin-Can Island and Apapa ports in 2017.
According to a press statement by the National Public Officer, DC Joseph Attah, said the Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone B of the Service (NCS) intercepted the smuggled locally made ammunition in Kebbi State.
He said, “The ammunition were 73 locally manufactured guns and 891 cartridges concealed in sacks in a truckload of locally produced rice. Three suspects were immediately arrested over the items and are being detained while preliminary investigations continue.”
“Officers of the unit patrolling along Yauri, Zamare waterside in the state intercepted the truck loaded with local rice, but upon careful examination, some of the bags were found to contain firearms and bullets.”
Speaking on the development, Comptroller Hamisu Albashir said the interception was a signal to all those intending to bring harmful items into the country that Zone B was a no-go route.
He called on members of the public, especially border community dwellers, to provide credible information for effective border security.