By Mosunmola Ayobami, Kwara
The Joint Border Patrol Team (JBPT) sector 3, North Central of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Wednesday said its team intercepted 550 pump action live cartridges smuggled into the country.
The live cartridges were concealed in 25 black Bagco bags and intercepted in Benue State while being conveyed in a commercial bus to Taraba State.
The driver of the bus and a suspect were arrested.
The JBPT covers Kwara, Niger, Benue and Kogi states.
Addressing reporters in Ilorin, the coordinator of the joint border patrol team, Olugboyega Peters, said the team also made 49 seizures with duty paid value of N29.73 million.
Peters listed the sezures to include: 1,251 jerry cans of 25 liters each of PMS (31,273liters), 751 bags of foreign parboiled rice, nine used vehicles, seven bales of second hand clothing, one motorcycle used as a means of conveyance of PMS smuggling surveillance”
Peters said: “Those who want to use this yuletide period to make money by smuggling prohibited items should think twice as our officers have continued to dominate the general area with aggressive patrols to deny smugglers freedom of action.
“Today, the Sector is showcasing the strategic and remarkable seizures of large quantity of ammunition of f550) cartridges contained in (22 packs of 25 pieces each. This landmark seizure was made around Benue axis of the sector, due to surveillance and determination of our operatives.
“Based on intelligence report, the sector intercepted a commercial bus around junction, Adikpo in Benue State heading to Taraba State. On searching the vehicle, two black Bagco sacks were found to contain pump action cartridges suspected to be smuggled into the country.
“The ammunition, driver and the suspect were arrested immediately and brought to Sector 3 Headquarters, Ilorin, Kwara State, alter preliminary investigation, as the law of jurisdiction demands, they were all handed over to Nigeria Police Force, Benue State for further investigation.
“It might interest you to know that arms and ammunition is classified under schedule 4 of Absolute Prohibition list of the Common Internal Tariff of Nigeria Customs Service- HS Code 9306
“This epic seizure is very commendable at the backdrop of the heightened insecurity in the country. Should 550 rounds of live ammunition escaped into the Country and fall into wrong hands, the consequences will be devastating.”