The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) says it has no plans of compromising on its integrity by releasing the guns and ammunitions that were confiscated at the Tema port last Friday.
According to the Authority, they are yet to identify owners of the impounded guns and ammunitions and therefore dismissed rumours that they will release them to some ‘big men’ within the country.
The GRA on Friday confirmed the seizure of guns and ammunitions at the Tema Port.last Friday.
The container in which the said consignments were in was described on arrival as containing personal effects, household goods and a carding machine, and was flagged as a red channel.
According to the Authority, after investigations, 18 packages identified as restricted items were found in the container.
These include 436 pistols, 26 packs of 50 pieces of ammunition, and 1 piece pepper spray. These items have been imported in the country without the necessary permit from the Ministry of Interior. The items had also not been declared to Customs on arrival.
A statement issued by the GRA say, an inventory of the items was taken in the presence of the officers of the Preventive Wing of the Customs Division, the Bureau of National Investigations, National Security, and the Police.
All representatives including the Clearing Agent signed against the total number of arms and ammunitions seized, the statement in part further read.
“A seizure notice was issued to the Clearing Agent and the seized consignment was placed in the custody of the Customs Division. TheGhana Revenue Authority finds it worrying, mischievous and premature any information that seeks to imply that the seized ammunition is being kept for onward release to some big men. The outcome of investigations by the Police on the restricted items will be made public when concluded.”