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Customs impounds Indian hemp, rice, others worth over N356m

By Godfrey Bivbere & Joshua Yousouph

LAGOS—The Nigeria Customs Service anti-smuggling unit, Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone ‘A’ has intercepted various contraband items with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N356,205,050.78 between August 29  and October 3, 2017.

Speaking at a press briefing, in Lagos, yesterday, Controller of the Unit, Comptroller Mohammed Uba, stated that the items intercepted by the service include 11 used vehicles, 4,227 bags of foreign parboiled rice, 980 cartons of frozen poultry products, 198 Jerry cans of vegetable oil, 84 parcels of Indian hemp and medicaments.

Custom boss Hameed Ali

Other items impounded are 907 pieces of used tyres, scrap metals, wet blue leather, electric cables, unprocessed wood, and bales of used clothings and shoes.

Mohammed said that based on information, his men trailed and evacuated 3,000 bags of smuggled rice from 10 houses along waterside in Ere village of Ado-Odo Local Government of Ogun State.

He noted that each of the houses has three exit doors for their nefarious activities.

He said: “As we were evacuating the rice from one of the houses, the villagers were also busy packing the rice from the other houses into the bush. We were able to achieve this with the support of the military from 9 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Ikeja.”

The seized items have been handed over to officials of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA and the Standards Organisation of Nigeria, SON.

Receiving the items on behalf of NAFDAC, Declan Ugwu, Assistant Director of Investigation and Enforcement Directorate, commended the service for her vigilance in intercepting such offensive imports, which should have done harm to Nigerians if they had gone into the market.

An official of SON, Madewe Chikwe, said the imported cables were branded made in Nigeria because of the quality of Nigerian made cables to deceive consumers of the product.


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