By Innocent Anaba
LAGOS — One hundred and sixty-seven persons, including a lawyer, Mr Ikemefuna Efumbi, were, yesterday, arraigned before a Federal High Court in Lagos, over alleged forgery of Custom’s documents, concealment of prohibited items in containers and obstruction of officers and men of the TinCan Island port command of the Nigeria Customs Service from carrying out their lawful duties.
The accused who were arrested on August 10, 2011 at Tin Can port by men of Tin can Island Port Command, were arraigned on a four-count charge in three batches.
Families and well wishers of the accused persons also thronged the court.
Among the accused persons were two medical doctors and licensed custom agents, drivers.
Some of the accused were alleged to have obstructed officers and men of the TinCan Island Port Command in the performance of their duty, an offence contrary to Section 11,1(a) of the Customs and Excise management Act Cap C45 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and punishable under the same section of the Act.
They were also accused knowingly and with intent to evade prohibition, concealed some items in containers of which prohibition are for the time being in force, contrary to section 164(a) of the Customs and Excise Management Act Cap C45 law of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and punishable under the same section of the Act.
Some were accused of counterfeiting of Customs documents contrary to the provision of section 162 of Customs and Excise management Act and punishable under the same Act as well as assembling together and conspiring to contravene the provision of section 166 of Customs and Excise management Act Cap 45 Law of the Federation, 2004, and offence punishable under the same section of the Act.