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20 drums of Carbide worth N33 million Duty Paid Value used for Improvised Explosive Device (IED) have been seized by men of the Nigeria Customs Services in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State in August..
While fielding questions from journalists on Tuesday at Ikeja, the Acting Custom Area Controller in charge of the Federal Operations Unit Zone A, Comptroller Ejibunnu Hussain, said such material could cause serious security concerns.
It was also gathered that IEDs are homemade bombs used by criminals or insurgents to attack or cause disruption in daily activities
He made it known that the national security adviser must approve the importation of such material to prevent it from falling into wrong hands and to forestall putting the security of lives at the mercy of ill-meaning ones.
In his words, “the unit seized 20 drums of Carbide, along Ijebuode in August. The substance used for the production of IED has Duty Paid Value of about N33 million. If allowed to get into the hands of unscrupulous persons, it could cause very serious security concern. And the importation of this has to be approved with an End User Certificate from the office of the National Security Adviser.”
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