Customs Division of GRA intercepts firearms at Tema Port

Tema, June 24, GNA - The Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has intercepted three firearms at the Tema Port illegally imported into the country through concealment in a consolidated cargo.

They included; a 10-millimetre Aero Survival Rifle, fitted with binoculars, an HK 416 semi-automatic rifle, and a 4 x 32 premium scope cross bolts dead silent rifle.

Mr Charles Okrah, a Custom Examination Officer, revealing this said the interception occurred during routine physical inspection of red flagged cargoes.

“We discovered these three rifles concealed in barrels and sent them off to the officer in charge,” he said.

Mr Cyril Ekehe, Principal Revenue Officer in charge of the Golden Jubilee Car Park, on his part said the firearms had been seized due to the failure of the importer to declare it as well as their inability to follow lawful procedures of acquiring weapons in Ghana.

Mr Ekehe said firearms were among the restricted items that could only be imported under restricted circumstances and conditions under the Customs laws adding that the importer failed to adhere to those conditions.

Meanwhile Superintendent Kwabena Otuo Acheampong, Tema Regional Police Crime Officer, has confirmed to the Ghana News Agency at Tema that the said importer has been apprehended indicating that the Marine Police was currently investigating the issue.