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The Nigeria Customs Service ( NCS ) yesterday intercepted military uniforms, bullet proof jackets, boots and other dangerous items at the Lagos port.

The items were intercepted at the Port and Terminal Multipurpose

Services Limited (PTML), Tin-can Island Port, by its Area Comptroller,

Mr Folorunsho Adegoke.

Adegoke, while parading a suspect, Mr. Emmanuel Eko who was the

importer of the cargo, said the military wares were intercepted at the

terminal on Monday.

According to the Controller, the suspect, who claimed to be a member

of the British Army and presented a Nigeria passport, had few years

ago been arrested at the command for disguising as a Nigerian army

officer.

The military wares included camouflage uniforms, military jackets,

military helmets,berets, boots, rain coats, armoured jackets,

communication radio jackets, face masks, ear protectors among

others.

Although, the area comptroller did not give the number of uniforms

seized, sources closed to the Command alleged that about 500 Army

camouflage uniforms, 60 pairs of bullet proof jackets, 30 boots and

other classified items were brought to the port by the importer.

Adegoke, who displayed the intercepted items to reporters at the

terminal, said the military uniforms and boots which were mixed up with

other items in a white bus shipped in from Britain, were discovered

during routine examinations and checks.

He said: ?It is the practice that when we have military wares, they are

normally imported by military officers and they will write a letter to our

headquarters to that effect, and when the goods come, they are always

on ground to receive them.

?When you look at the list, one tends to suspect foul play, moreso the

person bringing it is just an individual as far as the country is

concerned, hence the need to do a thorough check on the

consignment.?

Considering the security challenge in the country, the Customs chief

said the military wares could be used to wreak havoc in any part of the

country. He noted that terrorists now dress like solders.

According to him, the suspect refused to cooperate with his officers

and nobody has come forward to speak on his behalf.

?The enforcement officers asked him many questions but he was just

dribbling them. He is not cooperating with them.

?During our routine examination and checks, we discovered that a

Volkswagen LT bus owned by the suspect has all thess stuffs inside.

What we discovered are seizable numbers of Army camouflage uniforms

and we have also discovered during examination some pairs of Army

boots, bullet proof jackets and other items.

?Although the suspect has refused to make statement, but we always

tell them that they should not come to our ports because we have our

officers and men on ground to deal with the unusual situation. We have

issued series of warning that any illegal trader should not come here

because we have the entire wherewithal and intelligence readily

available to discover this type of things.

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