Customs Intercepts Police And Military Hardware At Lagos Airport’s Cargo Shed
Operatives of The Nigeria Customs Service have intercepted a large quantities of military and police hardware at Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos.
The consignment was detected at the cargo shed of the domestic wing of the airport.
The intercepted items were 309 pieces of military helmets, 106 pieces of military arm less jackets, 352 pieces of ballistic body armour pads and 119 pieces of police badges.
Others were five pieces of bullet proof jackets, 33 pieces of body side ballistic pads as well as 105 pieces of ballistic chest plates.
The airport customs comptroller, Sambo Dangaladima, announcing the seizure said it is worrisome as the country approached major polls.
He said that a suspect, Olaolu Marquis has been arrested over the intercepted items for failing to produce the end user certificates for their importation.
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The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), also intercepted illicit drugs at the airport.
At a press briefing by the Customs Area Controller of the Murtala Mohammed Airport Command (MMAC), Compt. Sambo Dangaladima, on Tuesday, the Customs said the drugs consist 162 cartons of banned Tramadol hydrochloride 225 & 250mg, Military and Police hardwares, which were intercepted at the Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO).
According to Customs Area Controller (CAC), the hard drugs, which originated from India and Pakistan and were routed through Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, include 92,387 packs, 929,970 sachets and 9,299,700 tablets with an estimated Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N13.8billion.
Speaking further on the illicit drugs, the CAC said, “these milligrams (225&250mg) are above allowable thresholds as contained in the extant laws. The hard drugs originated from India and Pakistan and they are routed through Addis-Ababa to Lagos. In summary we have a total of 162 cartons/92,387 packs/929,970 sachets /9,299,700 tablets of Tramadol Hydrochloride with a DPV of N13.8billion which will be handed over to NDLEA by this Command.