Customs arrest passenger with gun at Lagos airport

LAGOS— Operatives of the Nigeria Custom Service, NCS, of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Thursday, arrested a passenger, Mr. Ukeje Goodluck Joseph, with an air soft gun also known as Zinc Alloy Shell G.15 pistol and five sachets of pellets at the International Wing of the airport, during the inward screening of passengers of Kenya Airways flight KQ532 from Johannesburg, South Africa.

The pistol was found on the passenger during routine screening by Customs officers and other relevant agencies at the airport.

The passenger, however, claimed that he bought the gun for his son, stressing that the pistol was not a real gun.

Speaking on the arrest, the Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Customs Service, Airport Command, Mrs. Thelma Williams noted that the passenger and the air soft gun including the five sachets of pellets have been handed over to the Airport Police Command for further investigations.

She said: “During the inward clearance of Kenya Airways flight KQ532 from Johannesburg, in South Africa, on the April 24, 2013, about 1050 hours, one Mr. Ukeja Goodluck Joseph with Nigerian passport number A04206153, upon normal routine examination with other relevant agencies, his luggage was found to contain one air soft gun zinc alloy shell G.15 pistol which he claimed to have bought for his son claiming that it is not a real gun. The passenger and the air soft gun with five sachets of pellets have been handed over to the airport police command for further investigations.”

It will be recalled that on July, 13, 2012, Nigerian Custom Service (NCS) at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, (MMIA) Command intercepted an Abuja bound cache of three high calibre air rifles that entered the country through the courier shed of the airport.

Concealed as golf bags and wrapped in a carton, the rifles were contained in a courier package billed for delivering to an unnamed arms smuggler based in the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT) Abuja through a courier company, UPS.

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