The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has denied information being circulated in the public about the organization’s involvement in aiding some consignments of goods that was seized by the Customs Division at Tema Port on October 9, 2020.
The container, which was described on arrival as containing personal effects, household goods and a carding machine was flagged as ‘Red Channel”.
A statement from the Communications and Public Affairs Department of the GRA and copied the businesszoneonline, states, “after examination, eighteen (18) packages identified as restricted items were found in the container. These include 436 Pistols (side arms), 26 packs of 50 pieces of ammunition and 1 (40ml) piece of pepper spray.”
These items, according to the Authority, have been imported into the country without the necessary permits from Ministry of Interior and were not declared to Customs on arrival.
While the GRA admits that inventory of the items had been taken in the presence of officers of the Preventive wing of the Customs Division, Bureau of National Investigations, National Security and the Police including the clearing agent, the authority noted that the seized consignment was placed in the custody of the Customs Division.
The statement also noted that he clearing agent is currently assisting the Tema Harbour Police Command with investigation.
However, the Customs Division said it has also provided the Police with the necessary information for investigations.
The GRA, therefore expressed worry about information that seeks to imply that the seized ammunition is being kept for onward release to some ‘big men’.
The Authority emphasized that the outcome of the investigations by the Police on the restricted items will be made public when it is concluded.
“The GRA uses this opportunity to caution all importers that the importation of arms and ammunition can be carried out only with a permit by the Ministry of Interior and these items must be declared on importation.” The statement said.
By Wisdom Jonny-Nuekpe