The Nigeria Customs Service in Tin Can Island, Lagos, has intercepted a cache of arms imported by one IPOB leader.
The arrested IPOB member, Christian Mbachi, imported loads of rifles, bulletproof vests and gas mask.
The items were concealed in a container of personal effect.
Tincan Island’s Custom Area Comptroller, Yusuf Bashar, disclosed the importation yesterday with Journalists.
He said the items which were carefully concealed in two vehicles smuggled into Nigeria from the United States of America.
Bashar said the command had handed over the seized items to officials of the Department of State Services (DSS).
The items imported by the IPOB leader includes nine military bulletproof vests, one military helmet, and a gas mask.
One Omini American tactical rifle No. AR48634; one Moasberg American pump action rifle No. U648018, and 3500 hollow point pellet ammunition.
More: 4,000 military air gun ammunition, 26 packs of a military made food and one rifle punch, two military boots.
The arms were concealed in two vehicles, a Toyota Corolla car with chases No.2T1BR32E54C30941 2004 model.
A DSS director in Tincan Island, Mr. Julius Odey, said “The items arrived in the country on November 29.
“The discovery was made on November 30.
“Since then, we had carried out discreet investigations which account for the reason why we did not make it public since then.
“It is the investigation that led to the arrest of a suspect and the subsequent discovery of the country of origin of the consignment,” he said.
The customs office explained that “The owner of the concealed food can stay in the forest for days without coming out.
“The Customs High Command will begin to look into the importation of chemicals because of the presence of the gas mask.
“What if those behind want to engage members of the public in the use of deadly gas.
“Before his arrest, he would have killed so many persons because he is ready with the mask.”
Use the arrows to see pictures of the weapons.