Officials of the Customs unit at the Tema Port have detained a container suspected to be carrying firearms.

They are to undertake a physical re-examination of the said container this morning [Friday].

Customs officers, the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) and port security officials provided protection for the container overnight when it was detained Thursday night.

Meanwhile, the officials have debunked suggestions made in an audio making the rounds on social media that unauthorised armed men provided security for the container to aid the importers to take it out of the port under the cover of darkness.

The consignment came with a declaration permit labelled as "hunting shotguns".

However, information gathered within the Tema Command indicated that the consignment, which was in the name of Sadetex Limited as declarants, also has a Customs Classification Valuation Report (CCVR) covering a wide variety of firearms.


This, therefore, drew the suspicion of the Command to conduct further investigations on the container.

The container went through an image analysis at the container scan point at the Tema Port at about 10 a.m. on Thursday.

Sources told Graphic Online that a variety of firearms different from the description on the declaration document were recorded, and a decision, subsequently taken to re-examine the container before it was released to the owners.

The Sector Commander, Assistant Commissioner Dr Godfred Okoh Appiah confirmed the detention and the order for the re-examination to be undertaken.

Custom officers have since gathered around the container ahead of the re-examination.

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