– The Nigeria Custom Service (NCS) in Lagos has made public its interception of some contraband items
– Among the goods seized were bulletproof vehicles, with a duty paid value of N2,017,953,507 and various pharmaceuticals all without NAFDAC registration number
– Mohammed Aliyu, the controller of the unit, revealed that the vehicles were intercepted at Ogere and Ijebu Ode expressway in Ogun state
The federal operations unit, zone A, Ikeja of the Nigeria Custom Service (NCS), has revealed that it intercepted several contraband, including bulletproof vehicles, with a duty paid value of N2,017,953,507 between Tuesday, September 4, to Wednesday, October 3, TV news reports.
The seized items included 22 exotic vehicles, 11,303 bags of foreign parboiled rice (18 trailers), 2410 frozen poultry products, 853 Jerry cans of vegetable oil, 245 parcels of Indian hemp, 4 by 40 feet containers of unprocessed wood, 2,017 bales of used clothing, and 283 cartons of various pharmaceuticals all without NAFDAC registration number.
Mohammed Aliyu, the controller of the unit, displaying the seized contrabands to newsmen in Lagos revealed that the 22 cars seized, which include bulletproof vehicles, have a duty paid value of N1,179,889,909.8.
Aliyu said: “While some of the vehicles were intercepted at Ogere and Ijebu Ode expressway, the bulletproof vehicles were trailed and evacuated from some private residence in Victoria Island based on credible information.
“Also, the Unit through our interventions recovered N220,025,938.8 from demand notices on vehicles and other general goods that tried to cut corners from seaports, airport and border stations under the guise of false declaration, transfer of value, and shortchange in duty payment that are meant for the Federal Government, thereby making a cumulative of N2,237,979,446.
“In the spirit of inter-agency collaboration, the seized Indian hemp and medicament will be handed over to the NDLEA and NAFDAC for a thorough investigation.
“28 suspects have been arrested in connection with these 89 seizures. Let me advise those economic saboteurs who see Yuletide season as a peak period for their nefarious acts to desist from such illegal business as the Unit has devised other tactical strategies that will chase them out of such illegalities.
“I wish to use this opportunity to thank the Comptroller General of Customs Col. Handed Ali (rtd) and his management team of the NCS for providing necessary incentives and logistics that brought about this feat.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that NCS, federal operations unit, Zone B, intercepted 1,825 bags of foreign rice and other commodities from smugglers in Katsina state in May 2018.
The controller of the unit, Alhaji Usman Dakingari said that the service seized 35 vehicles used by the smugglers in bringing the commodities into the country.
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