The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has described as mischievous and premature claims that the seized ammunitions are being kept for onward release to some ‘big men’.
The Customs Division of the GRA on Friday, October 9 impounded a consignment said to contain pistols illegally imported from Turkey.
The ammunitions were concealed in the consignment of personal effects. They belong to one Felix Wallace, who has been arrested by the marine police.
He had come to clear his 1X20 footer container of household goods and personal effects but upon a physical examination of the consignment, a pistol was found hidden in a box.
The matter attracted personnel from Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) and National Security, who have taken the matter up for investigations.
Following this development, the GRA said its attention has been drawn to claims that the ammunitions are being kept for onward release to some big men in the Ghanaian society.
But a statement released by the Ghana Revenue Authority said it finds it worrying, mischievous and premature any information that seeks to imply that the seized ammunitions are being kept for onward release to some ‘big men’.
“The outcome of the investigations by the Police on the restricted items will be made public when it is concluded. The Authority uses this opportunity to caution 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.
“We also assure 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.”
The statement added “The Customs Division of the GRA wishes to put on record that: The container described on arrival at the Tema port as containing Personal Effects, Household Goods and a Carding Machine was flagged as ‘Red Channel”. After examination, eighteen (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 1 (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.
“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 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.”
By Laud Nartey|3nnews.com|Ghana