Customs seizes 436 pistols, 26 packs of 50 pieces of ammunition and pepper spray at Tema port

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The Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has seized 436 pistols, 26 packs of 50 pieces of ammunition and pepper spray at Tema port on Friday.

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The container described on arrival at the Tema port as containing personal effects, household goods and a carding machine was flagged as ‘Red Channel”.

In a statement signed by Florence Asante, the Assistant Commissioner in charge of Communication and Public Affairs, she said, “after examination, 18 packages identified as restricted items were found in the container.

“These include 436 Pistols (side arms), 26 packs of 50 pieces of ammunition and a 40ml piece of pepper spray.

“These items had been imported into the country without the necessary permits from Ministry of Interior. The items had also not been declared to Customs on arrival.”

The GRA said an inventory of the items was taken in the presence of officers of the Preventive wing of the Customs Division (Intelligence & Examination Officer), Bureau of National Investigations, National Security and the Police.

“All representatives, including the clearing agent signed against the total number of arms and ammunitions seized. A seizure notice was issued to the clearing agent and the seized consignment was placed in the custody of the Customs Division,” the Authority said.

It added that the clearing agent is currently assisting the Tema Harbour Police Command with the investigation.

Meanwhile, the Customs Division has provided the Police with the necessary information.

The Ghana Revenue Authority said it “finds it worrying, mischievous and premature any information that seeks to imply that the seized ammunition is being kept for onward release to some ‘big men’”.

It said the outcome of the investigations by the police on the restricted items will be made public when it is concluded.

The Authority cautioned all importers that the importation of arms and ammunition can be carried out only with a permit by the Ministry of Interior and these items must be declared on importation.

It assured the general public that the Customs Division will not relent on its regulatory duties at the nation’s ports and other points of entry to ensure the safety of all citizens.

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