Custom outsmart smugglers, intercept contraband products worth N334million

Nigeria CustomThe porous nature of country’s boarder usually opens loopholes for craft smugglers to imports and exports contraband products to their desire destination.

In Lagos, Nigeria the Federal Operations Unit (FOU) of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Ikeja chapter disclosed to the general public that the agency intercepted contraband with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N334 million between April 1 and June 12 2017.

The NCS also states that the Ikeja chapter recovered not less than N273.6 million from duty payments and demand notices on goods that tried to outsmart and fraudulently beat the Nigeria Custom Service (NCS) system in place to check and scrutinize goods and persons.

Mr. Mohammed Garba, Controller of the Ikeja unit, made this remarks at a news conference organized in Lagos state, Nigeria on Wednesday 14 June 2017.

Mr. Mohammed Garba further states that not less than 10 suspects were arrested in connection with the seizures and other offences such as seizure of not less than 152 different seizures comprising vegetable oil, foreign parboiled rice, frozen poultry products, smuggled vehicles, India hemp, used tyres and general merchandise.

“You will agree with me that smuggling is a global phenomenon which cannot be curbed entirely but can be brought to its barest minimum.

“I have to praise the commitment and diligence of the officers and men of the unit for thwarting the antics of some dare-devil smugglers, who used different methods for concealment.

“Recently, above all was the interception of 384 parcels of Indian hemp concealed inside six bales of second-hand clothing from Ghana along Iyana-Ipaja road.

“In the spirit of inter-agency relationship, the suspects and the contents will be handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency for prosecution in a court of competent jurisdiction.

“Based on information and after physical examination, we have seized five containers that contravened Customs law over false declaration and breach of import prohibition list by trade.”

The Nigeria Custom Service (NCS) congratulated Nigerian for their loyalty and confidence in the NCS and urged the general public to continue making use of the whistle-blower as a mechanism of cleaning the entire country system from illegal and corrupt menace.

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