More Revelations Emerge In Nigeria Customs’ Seizure Of 1,580 Arms |Alertnaija.com
Punch reported that more revelations have continued to trail Great James Oil and Gas Limited, the firm linked with the illegal importation of 1,580 guns into Nigeria.
On September 11, the men of the Nigeria Customs Service intercepted a 20-foot container at the Tin Can Island Port with 1,100 pump-action rifles concealed in wash basins.
Eight days after this discovery, another container was found at the Tin Can Island Port with 470 pump-action rifles concealed among small connecting pipes.
While addressing journalists on the seizure, the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (retd.), said the rifles were falsely declared as elbow plumbing plastics.
He named Great James Oil and Gas as the owner of the two containers and the firm that imported the 1,580 guns from Turkey into the country.
Ali had earlier hinted that the pump-action rifles were written under product description on the original bill of lading for the consignment, noting that the importer in connivance with the clearing agent had doctored the documents when they got to Nigeria.
Searches by our correspondent had uncovered a Standards Organisation of Nigeria Conformity Assessment Programme certificate issued to the importer.
The programme, involving a set of conformity assessment and verification procedures applicable to all products imported into Nigeria, was introduced in 2005 by the Federal Government to address the challenges of incessant influx of substandard and unsafe products into the country.
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