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Customs impounds N100m worth of contraband in Enugu

By Godfrey Bivbere
ADOPTED Strategies to  curb the activities of smuggling and their barons have yielded positive result  in Enugu, as the Federal Operations Unit, Zone “C” of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) impounded a train of six-cabin load of contraband items worth over N100 million, on transit along the west-eastern route.The train was apprehended by a crack team on a tip off as it was entering the Enugu railway 2.

Disclosing the seizure to journalists at the Enugu railway 2, the Customs Area Controller (CAC) in charge of the unit, Comptroller Emmanuel Dede Kane said that the train on intercity transit was discovered to be stuffed with prohibited items as well as dutiable products.

Among the items discovered in six cabins of the train were assorted fabric materials, turkey and kings vegetable oil, toilet soaps and candy milk suspected to have been imported from Australia.

According to the Customs boss, investigation is still on to unravel the importer of the goods with the aid of officials of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) through the manifest as well as to ascertain whether appropriate duties were paid on the dutiable items.

Meanwhile, no arrest has been made in connection with the seizures but the Comptroller said his men were seriously investigating the matter in order to apprehend the culprits.

He, however, warned smugglers to desist from such ugly trend, adding that the fight against smuggling would continue as long as those Nigerians he described as economic saboteurs refused to hands off the illicit trade.

Comptroller  Kane while commenting on the fate of the seized goods said he was in FOU Zone C to enforce the six-point agenda of the Customs Comptroller-General, Alhaji Abdullahi Ande Dikko as well as the implementation of President Umaru Yar‘Adua’s seven-point agenda , but however was not forth coming on whether the defaulted train would be confiscated, stressing that the railway corporation, the carrier of the goods belong to the Federal Government and that the Federal Government is doing everything possible to revive the rail system of transportation.


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