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Nigeria immigration intercepts air passenger with arms and ammunition

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Segun Oladipupo

The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) said its Murtala Mohammed International Airport Command has  discovered a handgun Pistol Barretta in possession of an in-bound passenger aboard United Airlines from Houston United States of America.

The Immigration Service Public Relations Officer, Assistant Comptroller of Immigration, Amos Okpu stated this in a press statement on Wednesday.

According to Okpu, the Lagos Airport Comptroller, CIS Kemi Nandap, stated that the Service received a credible intelligence that the passenger had boarded for Nigeria in Houston and had concealed a firearm in his luggage.

He added that upon arrival, the Service declared him a person of interest and contacted the Customs Service for a search on his luggages, leading to the handgun and 26 rounds of 9mm ammunition recovered from him.

Part of the statement said, “The passenger who holds dual nationality of Nigeria and the United States, is currently with us, undergoing further interrogation to determine his intentions of bringing in the firearm.

“The Acting Comptroller General of Immigration, Isah Jere Idris, wishes to use this medium to advise travellers on the need to always comply with acceptable best practices while embarking on foreign trip.”

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