By Godwin Oritse
LAGOS â€” THE Tin-Can Island Port Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) yesterday said it had confiscated 30 containers laden with furniture valued at N153 million.
Disclosing this to newsmen in Lagos, Customs Area Comptroller (CAC) of the command, Alhaji Hassan Aliyu, said importers had taken advantage of the rush period to bring in prohibited goods without weighing the implications.
A break down of the seizures showed that 11 vehicles were valued at N15.7 million with a duty of N4.13 million and Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N20 million, while nine 49″ containers carrying furniture valued at over N99 million, with a duty of N19 million and DPV of N119 million were equally seized.
The total value of the seized goods was put at N127million, while the duty payable was also put at N26 million whileN153 million was recorded as the Duty Paid Value.
Other seized items include infant seat carrier, used tyres, over-aged vehicles and bales of second hand clothes.
â€œWe had a tip off and worked on the information all through the weekend and at the end of the day we discovered that 16 containers carrying various prohibited items were uncovered,â€ he said.
â€œOf the 16 containers seized, 13 of them have been examined and this is not part of the value of seizures made in the months under review.
â€œWhat we do when we opened containers without the owners being present, is to ensure that all other security agencies are present at the point of examinationâ€. He states.
On why there has been an increase in the importation of foreign made furniture, Comptroller Aliyu said that Nigerian have unsatisfiable taste for foreign made goods.
He however warned smugglersÂ to desist any action that could sabotage the economy adding that any body caught in trying to compromise the system will be severely dealt with in accordance with law.