By Innocent Anaba
lagos—A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, yesterday, ordered a permanent forfeiture of the various illegally imported goods valued at N50.15milliion to the Federal Government.
Trial judge, Justice Abdulaziz Anka made the order, following an application brought the Nigeria Customs Service Board.
The goods, include bales of fairly used clothes, shoes, bags, bed sheets, porcelain plates, 7,163 bags of foreign parboiled rice, and 147 jerry cans of vegetable oil. The goods were said to have been intercepted between April and June, 2017.
Others include seven vehicles which values were, however, not stated.
According to the agency’s Assistant Legal Adviser Federal Operations Unit, Zone A, Ikeja, Shehu Bodinga, the owners refused to show up after the goods were intercepted.
In the application, the Service reminded the court of the need to order the forfeiture of the goods because some of them were perishable.
The Customs, according to him, had been ordered by the Presidency to distribute some of the seized items to victims of the Boko Haram insurgency living in the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs camp in the North-East.
…Also interim forfeiture of fund recovered from Perm Sec
Also, a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, yesterday, ordered the interim forfeiture of N664,475,246.6 and $137,680.11 recovered from a serving Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity, Dr Clement Illoh.
Trial judge, Justice Abdulaziz Anka made the order, following an ex-parte application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.