Customs intercepts raw materials for production of explosives

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Benin,Edo.

Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) intercepted raw materials used in the production of improvised explosive devices and other contraband goods at its “Zone C’’ between July 25 and Sept. 23.

The zone covers the six states in the South-South geopolitical zone and the five states in the Southeast geopolitical zone.

Major explosive device intercepted was “Superpower 90’’, Acting Comptroller of Customs in the Zone, Mr Kayode Kolade, a Deputy Comptroller of Customs, said in Benin on Monday.

Superpower 90 is a cap sensitive emulsion explosive having superior rock crushing capability designed for tunnel blasting and all kinds of underground and aboveground blasting operations.

Kolade expressed worry at the smuggling of explosives into a country grappled with insecurity challenges.

He called on smugglers of explosives to desist in the interest of humanity or face the full wrath of the law.

“We all know the security implications if these explosive components get to their destination unchecked.

“Superpower 90 is designed for priming applications and also used as a column explosive in surface and underground mining and general blasting.

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