Nigeria impounds smuggled rifles

Nigeria’s authorities are still looking for two senior custom officials suspected of being involved in importing a cache of arms that was seized in a truck at Lagos’s port on Monday.

Custom officers arrested three people when the truck was intercepted.

Hameed Ibrahim Ali, the chief custom’s officer, said 49 boxes containing 661 pieces of pump action rifles had been concealed in the truck.

He said in a statement that the type of rifles seized are illegal in Nigeria.

“Such deadly contravention of the law is even more unacceptable considering the fragile security situation in some parts of the country,” he said.

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