Crime & Law

Tema Port authorities intercept firearms being imported illegally

Authorities at the Tema Port have intercepted firearms that were illegally being imported into the country.

The weapons which include 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 were uncovered on Thursday by personnel of the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA).

The weapons are said to have been concealed in a consolidated cargo.

Custom Examination Officer, Charles Okrah, explained that the arms were uncovered during a 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 told the state news agency, GNA.

The weapons have been seized as the importer failed to declare them.

Officials say the importer has also flouted the lawful procedure in acquiring weapons in Ghana.

A Principal Revenue Officer of the GRA, Mr Cyril Ekehe, told the GNA that firearms are among the restricted items that can only be imported under restricted circumstances and conditions under the Customs laws.

According to him, the unnamed importer of the intercepted weapons failed to adhere to special conditions.

The importer has since been arrested by police and assisting with investigations.

The recent upsurge of armed robbery, brutal murders, kidnapping and assassination have been linked to the proliferation and misuse of small weapons by criminals in the country.

According to the Ghana National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons, there are over 2.3 million small arms in circulation in Ghana.

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