Gibson Achonu, Owerri
The Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit, Zone ‘C’, Owerri, has said it seized contraband goods worth N261,987,009 with underpayment of N10,646,477 in May, 2017.
Briefing journalists at the Government Warehouse in Benin and Owerri respectively, the Customs Area Controller, Bukar Amajam, stated that the seized consignments were 1,591 used tyres with Duty Paid Value of N14,378,400 and 3,889 bags of rice with DPV of N101,478,000.
“Their various means of conveyance are a Volkswagen bus, Volvo truck, Ford Transit bus, MAN truck and Mercedes Benz lorry all with DPV of N19,740,300”
Other seizures, according to him, are 380 cartons of soap with DPV of N10,093,300 and 1 X 40 feet container, which Amajam said was intercepted along Aba/Eleme axis.
He disclosed that the container (1x40ft) contained 6,600 pieces of sewing machine motor, 47 pieces of empty gas cylinder, 19 pieces of gas stove, 9,900 packets of measuring tape, 1,080 bundles of PVC package and 320 cartons of scissors amongst others with DPV of N111,572,300.
Amajam listed other impounded commodities as one container of 1,401 rolls of fabric with DPV of N14,100,000,2016 and a Toyota Prado jeep with DPV of N25,658,201.
He restated that the command under his watch would intensify its anti-smuggling operations to sustain the mandate of FOU and bring smuggling to its barest minimum.
On the seized bags of rice, the CAC explained that any rice importation without appropriate approval and importation through the seaport would be seized.
He reiterated that the ban on rice importation through the land borders was still in force and urged importers to follow the legal provisions for importation of rice to avoid being on the wrong side of the law.
“Tough times await smugglers as the renewed onslaught against smuggling embarked upon by the NCS FOU Zone ‘C’ has continued to yield results,” Amajam added.
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