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Customs impounds smuggled goods worth overN400m

By Godfrey Bivbere
Officials of the Federal Operations Unit, Zone “B” of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) in Kaduna have impounded goods with duty paid value of Four hundred million, eight hundred and eighteen thousand, one hundred and sixty Naira (N 400,818,160).

Comptroller in charge of Federal Operations Unit, Zone B, Abu Bawa Gusau, who disclosed this recently, said that the seized items includes assorted textile materials, children wears and furniture and reiterated his determination to stamp out smuggling in his zone.

A press statement signed by Deputy Public Relations Officer, Joseph Attah and made available to vanguard, noted that the items are 2 X 40ft containers fully loaded with printed fabrics, two trucks loaded with Laces and printed fabrics, one truck loaded with furniture and children wears.
All the seized items have been transferred to the Government Warehouse Kaduna.

Attah quoted  Gusau to have said though his Zone is vast covering eleven states including the Federal capital Territory, their capacity to effectively police the zone is boosted by improved logistics and welfarist posture of the Comptroller_General of Customs.

He said that criminal minded importers always try to abuse the good intention of ECOWAS liberalization Scheme by importing falsely labelled items to claim that they are manufactured in the region and evade payment of duty or to smuggle in a prohibited item like in the case of a China printed fabric labelled made in Nigeria.


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