Nigerian Customs intercepts contraband goods

David Adekunle, Lagos

Controller Area Command, Comptroller Muhammed Uba addressing Journalists at Federal Operations Unit Zone A in Lagos

Ten suspects have been arrested by the Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit, Zone “A” in connection with various forms of unlawful importation of contraband goods into the country.

Comptroller of the Unit, Mohammed Uba said in less than a month, the Unit had intercepted various contraband goods with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of  N334,042,396.8k.

He said that the Unit, through intelligence and intervention has within two  months recovered  N273,675,138.75 from under payments, wrong classifications and under valuation  which Demand Notices were issued.

According to him, the amount was discovered from importers of general goods who  tried to outsmart the service through the seaports, airports  and border stations in the guise of false declaration, transfer of value and under payment of duty meant for  the Nigerian government coffers.

Cumulative value
The cumulative value of the command’s  revenue performance within the period amounted to N607,717,535.55 (Six hundred and seven million, Seven hundred and seventeen thousand five hundred and thirty-five naira fifty-five kobo).

Some of the seized goods on display

Various items intercepted as revealed by Comptroller  Uba are 6,356 bags of foreign parboiled rice of 50kg each with duty paid value of N78,395,221.8;  2,495 cartoons of frozen poultry products with duty paid value of N22,455,000; Thirteen units of vehicles with duty paid value of N58,819,500; General goods with duty paid value of N78,091,850;   384 parcels of 232kg  of Indian Hemp concealed in six bales of second hand clothing from Ghana, which was  intercepted along Iyana-Ipaja road based on information, has a  duty paid value of N18,432,000 and  Two 40ft containers  loaded with 4,982 pieces of used tyres and two unit of used vehicles with duty paid value of N30,101,950; 170.

Others are cartons of piston rings compressor with duty paid value of N2,866,875; twelve  pallets (1,296 pieces) of general calcium/vehicle batteries of 108 pieces per pallets with duty paid value of N38,880,000 and logs of unprocessed rough wood ready for export having N6,000,000 as duty paid value.

The customs boss reiterated that they would stop at nothing in making sure that smuggling is brought to its barest minimum, since it is a known fact that smuggling is a global phenomenon, which cannot be totally curbed.

He appreciated the commitment and diligence of the officers and Men of the Unit for bursting the antics of smugglers with different methods of concealments and under valuation among others.

” I want to use this privilege to thank the Management Team of the Nigeria Customs Service under the leadership of Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd), Comptroller General of Customs, for his efforts in recognizing hard work and diligence to duty. Without the management motivation and necessary logistics support, we won’t have achieved this feat’

“I want to seize this opportunity to call on all the members of the forth estate of the realm to continue the partnership with Nigeria Customs Service in the advocacy campaign against the evil of smuggling to the nation’s economy. There is always room for improvement and we will continue to intensify our  order to ensure efficiency,’ Uba concluded.

Confidence Okwuchi