The Nigeria Customs Service has handed over 661 pump action rifles seized by officers of the Federal Operations Unit Zone in Ikeja, to the Department of State Security(DSS) for further investigation.
A press release from the customs service reveals that the rifles were laden in a Mack truck with registration number BDG 265 XG conveying a 40ft Container with Number: PONU/825914/3 before it was intercepted along Mile 2 Apapa road, Lagos.
The truck was immediately taken to the premises of FOU Zone A, Ikeja where physical examinations revealed 49 boxes containing a total number of 661 pieces of pump action rifles concealed within steel doors and other merchandise.
Three suspects were arrested in connection with this illegal importation of the weapons. They are:
Mr. Oscar Okafor (Importer) aged 51.
Mr. Mahmud Hassan (Clearing Agent) aged 56.
Mr. Sadique Mustapha (accompanying the consignment to its destination) aged 28.
While handing over the weapons and two of the suspects, Mr. Oscar Okafor (Importer) and Mr. Mahmud Hassan (Clearing Agent) to the Director-General of the DSS, who was represented by the Director, DSS, Lagos State Command, Ms Betty Adoki, DCG Dan Ugo called on all well meaning Nigerians to support the service with necessary information that could assist in the performance of their statutory responsibilities.