On the wake of rumoured plot for military coup in the country, the Tin Can Island Command of the Nigeria Customs Service, has intercepted a total 440 pieces of pump action rifles imported from Turkey.
The pump actions of various designs were concealed in a 20 foot container laden with Plaster of Paris popularly called (POP) and were impounded on Monday 22nd May 2017.
Recall that the Customs in January 2017 intercepted 661 pieces of pump action rifles imported from Turkey through the Apapa port.
Addressing journalists at the port, Monday Abueh, assistant comptroller general of Customs (ACG) who represented the Comptroller General of Customs, noted that officers of the service were able to carry out the arrest due to intelligence made available to the them.
According to him, the pump action rifles were manufactured in USA and Italy but were imported into the port from Turkey.
Abueh who stated that there was a defendant arrested in connection with the importation, adding that for security reasons, the service was not ready to unwrap their identities for now.
“They are pump actions of various designs, this is black colour, they are all pump actions and also the single barrel device that you’re familiar with.
“Based on intelligence report our officer under the command of Controller Bashar Yusuf (Tincan Island command), the container was identified and intercepted.
“We discovered that they used POP to conceal the importation and so there is no way you could know but based on intelligence report, we were able to confirm that the container was laden with arms.
“We have one defendant but due to security reason, we don’t want to make it public for now even the consignee. We are still keeping them under wraps because such information could hamper investigations which are still ongoing,” he said.
According to the ACG, the nation has been saved from another round of problem that the pump actions would have caused the nation.
Meanwhile, Femi Adesina, the special adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, has urged Nigerians to ignore the media reports on Coup plot, saying it should not be stretched beyond what the military authorities had said.
Mr. Adesina stated this at a media chat with State House correspondents to mark two years of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration on Tuesday in Abuja.
According to him, what the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Burutai, said about the issue was a “routine warning that goes to military officers.’’
The presidential aide addressed the correspondents alongside the Senior Special Assistants to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu and Laolu Akande (Office of the Vice-President).
Mr. Adesina said: “The Army has spoken and let us take that position. What the Chief of Army Staff said was a routine warning that goes to military officers, don’t hobnob with politicians and the army has explained the position.