By Godfrey Bivbere
The Federal Operations Unit, zone “A” of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, said it intercepted contraband goods worth N1 billion in February.
The goods include 18 luxury vehicles, 7 trailers of rice, second hand cloths, 218 elephant tusk and other items with Duty Paid Value, DPV of N1.035 billion.
Disclosing this in Lagos, Customs Area Controller, CAC of the Unit, Mohammed Garba Uba, said that other seized items includes 2,619 cartons of frozen poultry products, 1105 jerry cans of vegetable oil, 2,637 pieces of used tyres and 1,333 bales of used clothing.
According to the Customs boss, the 18 vehicles that were intercepted along Ijebu Ode expressway and a car mart in Lekki, include one Rolls Royce, one Chrysler, one Audi Q7, one Land Rover HSE, one Toyota Venza, one Ford Taurus, one Honda Crosstour, four Mercedes Benz, three Kia Rio and one Escalade.
Mohammed further explained that the value of the vehicles is N303million while the value of the rice is N51 million.
The FOU boss also said 55 sack of Pangolin Shells weighing 200 kilogrammes and valued at N408 million as well as 218 pieces of Elephant tusks weighing 343 kilogrammes, valued at N85 million were intercepted at an apartment in Ikeja, Lagos by a team from the Unit.
He also pointed out that “a 1/20 footer container with No.CAIU0961053 was seized for false declaration, adding that 17 suspects have been arrested in connection with these 90 seizures including Mr. Kio Sin Ying, a Chinese national.
“Within the period under review, we have also recovered N68 million from demand notices raised on goods intercepted while attempting to beat the system through transfer of value and under declaration.”