By Godfrey Bivbere
LAGOS—THE Federal Operating Unit, FOU, Zone A of the Nigerian Customs Service, NCS, yesterday, intercepted a truckload of Codeine syrup, 21 exotic vehicles, five trailers of imported rice and others with a Duty Paid Value, worth N1.12 billion in five weeks.
Disclosing this while briefing newsmen in Lagos, Customs Area Controller of the Zone A, Mohammed Uba Garba, said other items seized include; 498 cartons of 100ml CSP Codeine Cough Syrup, 9,504 bags of foreign parboiled rice (15 trailers), 436 Jerry cans of vegetable oil, 333 cartons of frozen poultry product, 287 bales of used clothing, and 198 pieces of used tyres, among others.
He gave the Duty Paid Value for the 21 exotic vehicles, a truckload of Codeine, second-hand clothes, frozen products, imported rice, vegetable oil, and tyres at N484.5, N199.2, N51.7, N2.8, N125.9, N5.3, and N1.9 respectively.
The Comptroller said most of the seized items will be delivered to the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in Borno State, according to the Presidential directive, through the order of the Comptroller General of Customs, Hameed Ali.
He, however, urged owners of the seized vehicles to come “forward for clarifications otherwise they will lose their cars to the Federal Government in accordance with the Custom and Excise Management Act (CEMA) Cap 45, Laws.”
He said: “It is our obligation to support the Federal Government Policy on Rice, encourage local rice farmers, the millers and patronize our own nutritional rice which by significance will create employment opportunities for our unemployed youths. The substance and the suspects would be handed over to the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control, NAFDAC, for further investigation and prosecution in a court of competent jurisdiction.”