July 25, 2024

Ogun1 Customs Command Shows Dexterity In Ant-smuggling, Siezes 975 Rounds Of Live Ammunition

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Ogun1 Customs Command Shows Dexterity In Ant-smuggling, Siezes 975 Rounds Of Live Ammunition

By Jerry Aguigbo

The Ogun 1 Customs Command, Idiroko has yet again demonstrated its deft touches and dexterity in Anti-smuggling activities, with the siezure Wednesday, of 975 rounds of red star live cartridges.

Showcasing this singular siezure today, the Ogun1 Customs Area Controller, Acting Controller Ahmadu Bello Shuaibu reiterated that

this seizure underscores his Command’s unwavering commitment to safeguarding and strengthening the security architecture of
Nigeria against insecurity.

In his words,
“We are delighted to report that we have thwarted the evil plans of the enemies of the State from smuggling of live ammunition into the country.”

He went further to say that
“Arms and ammunition smuggling is a high intelligence operation as it often attempts to evade the watchful eyes of law enforcement. It requires concerted and collaborative efforts of law-abiding citizens of this country to checkmate.”

According to Shuaibu,
“Proactive intelligence is required in this regard. Smuggling of arms and ammunition are menace that knows no border and feeds on the vulnerability of our society. The consequences of unchecked smuggling of arms and ammunition is severe, ranging from the empowerment of criminal organizations to escalating crisis and compromise of national security. For these reasons, we will not relent nor compromise waging war against smuggling of unlawful arms and ammunition in building a safe and stable nation,” he stated.

Narrating how his officers made this all important catch, Shuaibu said,
“On Monday, 27 November 2023, our operatives went on a professional and intelligence-based operation to unravel the antics deployed by unscrupulous elements to bringing in live ammunition through Imeko axis of the State. We have been on the trail of the ammunition for about a week ago. Fortunately, at 0005hrs of the day, we got an intel that the 5 bags of foreign parboiled rice containing live cartridges of red star ammunition had been carefully hidden in a bush path along the Palace/Ayetoro road, Imeko Afon Local Government Area of Ogun State. Our operatives went to the spot and evacuated the 5 bags of rice without any encounter.
The bags of rice were suspected because of the unusual threading and sewing of the sacks. This quickly arouse the suspicion of our operatives leading to their opening for proper examination at the Border station. During the examination, about 975 rounds of red star live cartridges were found to have been ingeniously concealed in the bags.”

The Controller disclosed that
his Command has intensified efforts at tracking down the perpetrators of this nefarious act for them to be brought to justice. As they recognize the potential danger of arms and ammunition trafficking which is life threatening. Vowing not to renege in their efforts in combatting smuggling activities in its entirety.

He commended
these gallant officers and men for their bravery and praised the patriotism of those involved in giving heads up information the Command. He however called on well-meaning Nigerians with useful intel to collaborate with Ogun1 Customs in enhancing the security of Nigeria. As they are assured maximum security cover.

Controller Shuaibu warned that his officers and men will not be deterred in carrying out their Legitimate duties.
” Let me use this medium to reiterate that we remain resolute in promoting national security and economic wellbeing of our beloved country. We will not be deterred by any means possible in discharging our statutory responsibilities to our fatherland.” He reiterated.

While appreciating the support of the CGC and his Team.
“We shall continue to appreciate the enormous support of the CGC, BA Adeniyi MFR dsm fnipr psc(+) in enhancing our activities in Ogun State.”

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