The Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone A of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) yesterday intercepted bales of police uniform, tear gas canisters and other paraphernalia of the Nigeria Police Force.
The uniforms which were intercepted along Lagos road were concealed in a Toyota Sienna space bus heading out of Lagos. Speaking to LEADERSHIP after the arrest of the vehicle, the Customs Area Controller of the Unit, Compt. Muhammed Aliyu said a suspect was in the custody of the unit in connection of the seizure.
According to him, the uniforms are threat to national security as it is destined to get to the wrong hands. He stated further that ranks belts, berets and police badges with identity cards were part of what were intercepted by the unit.
The CAC said, “The seizure is a threat to national security because the uniform can be used for kidnapping, Boko Haram or elections but generally, it threatens national security,” the unit commander said.
Giving details on the paraphernalia of the police seized, he said, “We have the ranks of sergeants, inspector, the belt and the badges on the ranks. You can see that the identity cards have no name on them. They are only printed and later they will be affixed with any names they want to put on it.”
The CAC who further disclosed that the vehicle was intercepted on Lagos road said the service would ensure that the offensive goods of such nature are not allowed into the country.
“They were intercepted along the road on the highway and what we know is that it was caught on Lagos road enroute another state. The seizure is of great concern because it concerns national security. Also, the quantity alone is not the concern but also the havoc it will cause.
‘‘For instance, one bundle of this uniform can accommodate about ten persons and Nigerians will complain about atrocities of Police not knowing they are not real police but impostors,” he said.
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