Customs impound donkey hides, charcoal worth N644m

By Godfrey Bivbere, Mercy Opara & Christiana Moneke

The Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone A of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, has impounded 77 trailers of imported rice, Indian hemp, tramadol and other contraband goods with Duty Paid Value, DPV, of N7.1 billion in the first half of 2022, H1’22.

Disclosing this at a press briefing in Lagos Monday, the Customs Area Controller, CAC, of the Unit, Hussein Ejibunu, said that 103 suspects were also arrested in connection with some of the seized goods during the period.

He also said that the Unit collected a total of N577. 9 million as revenue derived from underpayments.   

According to him, the seized items include 45,928 bags of foreign parboiled rice of 50 kilograms each, equivalent to 77 trailer loads, 265,830 litres of Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, 2,933 bales of used clothes, and 233 cartons of Tramadol (225miligram, mg, each) and 83 packs of 225mg.

Other items according to him are: “65 units of used vehicles, 14,784 pieces of used tyres, 119 units of used motorcycles, and 3,659.05 kg of Indian hemp. The sum of N577.9 million was collected as revenue derived from underpayments.

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