The Nigerian Customs Service, Wednesday, arrested and detained 28 officers working at the Tin-Can Island Command of the Service over the seizure of 1,500 cache of arms discovered on Tuesday.
It was also gathered that the detained officers have been rounded up and are being interrogated to determine their level of involvement in the plan to transport the container of arms out of the port undetected.
A 20-foot container, which contained cache of arms was Tuesday impounded at the Tin Can Island Command of the Nigerian Customs, Lagos.
The discovery of the container imported from Turkey came about a week after the command intercepted a 20-foot container laden with 1,100 pump action rifles.
The container with number, CMAU189817/8 is believed to contain about 475 sets of pump-action rifles.
The latest container is believed to belong to the same importer of the 1,100 pump action rifles that were recently seized last week.
Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) while displaying the seized 1,100 Jojef Magnum Pump Action and Jojef Magnum Plastic Single Barrels Hunting Gun Pump Action Rifles at Lagos Tin-can, last week, had promised to fish out officers involved in the clearance of the container before it was discovered.
In what looked like making good that promise, the Service Wednesday rounded up the officers in the various units within the command.
Sources said many more officers are likely to be axed as a result of the development.
The sources disclosed further that the officers and their civilian collaborators would soon appear in court but not until the Service has carried out a detailed and thorough investigation on the matter.
It was gathered that some of the 28 officers might be left off the hook, if the ongoing investigation does not find them culpable as some of them might only be involved in the documentation but not privy to the content of the container.
It would be recalled that some operatives of the Intelligence Unit of the Service on routine duty on September 6, 2017, became suspicious of a 20ft container which was not initially listed for examination but had through questionable means been positioned with other containers for the day’s examination.
They also discovered that the seal of the container had been cut and padlocked.
The suspicious movement of the container made them order that it be transferred immediately to the Enforcement Unit where it was examined and pump action rifles found in it.