The Federal Operations Unit (FOU) of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) intercepted 661 pieces of pump-action rifles yesterday.
The weapons were imported from the People’s Republic of China.
They were concealed with steel doors and other merchandise goods, which came in through Lagos port.
The suspects, Mr. Oscan Okafor (an importer), Mr. Mahmud Haruna (a clearing agent), Mr. Sadique Mustapha.
They were all accompanying the consignment to an undisclosed destination.
The Comptroller-General of Customs, Retired Col. Hameed Ali, made the disclosure while briefing newsmen on Monday in Lagos.
Ali said that the Federal Operations Unit, while on patrol, intercepted a Mark truck with registration number BUG 265 XG.
It was conveying a 40ft container with the number; PONU/825914/3 along Mile 2 Apapa Road, Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the consignment was cleared from Lagos port.
The comptroller-general said the truck was immediately taken to F.O.U. premises for the physical examination.
49 boxes containing 661 pieces of pump action rifles concealed with steel doors were revealed.
See pictures of the men below.