Kwara Customs Area Command Intercepts 3, 620 Live Pump Action Ammunition, Others

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    The intercepted ammunition.
    By Mosunmola Ayobami, Kwara
    The Kwara Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service  has intercepted 3,620 rounds of live pump action catridges in Bukuru suspected to be smuggled into the country.
    The ammunition worth N1.4 million according to the service, were packed in 25 packs of 25 rounds each contained in 14 cartons.
    The Command’s Area Controproller, Hussaini Ahmed made the disclosure while briefing repoters on the activities of the newly created area command in Ilorin on Wednesday.
    He said: “Based on intelligence report, the  command intercepted a Peugeot 504 vehicle with registration number AP 448 AKD. On searching the vehicle, it was found to contain a large quantity of pump action catridges suspected to be smuggled into the country.
    “This epic seizure is very commendable at the backdrop of the heightened insecurity in the country,. Should 3,620 rounds of live ammunition of his magnitude escaped into the country and fall into wrong hands ,the result will be appalling , devastating and disastrous.”
    Ahmed said the command generated and remitted N19.1billion to the Federal Government coffers from July 2019 to December 2021.
    Of these figures, he said N9.8billion revenue was generated and remitted in 2021 with 101 seizures recorded as against 84 recoded in 2020.
    The comptroller noted that despite the Federal Government’s ban on importation of foreign per boiled rice, the command recorded the highest seizures of 2,971 bags in 2021.
    He said the latest seizures of 402 bags at Degi village and Arobaji axis along Moro Local Government Area of Kwara State, were conveyed in 21 vehicles to the customs area command .
    He said the seized rice will be donated to the IDPs and orphanage homes as directed by the government.
    Other sizures he listed included 39 used vehicles, 20 Jeri cans of vegetable oil, 17 motorcycles, adding that five suspects arrested have also been released on administrative bail.
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