Oluyinka Onigbinde and Oluwatobiloba Oyeniyi
The men of Nigerian Customs service NCS, Federal operations unit Zone A ikeja have seized goods worth over N1.7 billion in the month of January.
Addressing journalist on Tuesday during a press briefing, the Customs Area Comptroller for the unit, Comptroller Mohammed Uba Garba said the command between January 1st -31st of January intercepted various contrabands with duty paid value of N1,618,177,66, after intensifying it’s operational modalities to meet up with the current smuggling tactics of smugglers.
He said the command seized 31 assorted vehicles which includes four Rolls Royce, one porch panemera one jaguar, one Bentley, 2 Lexus jeeps 2 G-wagons among others with duty paid value (DPV) of N1,429,953,941.
He said some of the vehicles were intercepted along Ijebu-Ode expressway; others were evacuated in various raids in Parkview Estate, Victoria Island, Banana Island, Alhaji Bankole Crescent in Ikeja, and Tola Adewunmi Street, Maryland
Garba also stated that 8400 bags of foreign parboiled rice (equivalent of 14 trailers) with duty paid value of N103, 606,020 were seized
Other seized items includes 159 bales of second hand clothing with DPV of N5, 724,000
10 bags of Indian hemp with DPV of N960, 000, 2208 used tyres with DPV of 11,924,000 among others.
He however urge owners of the vehicles to present valid customs clearance documents otherwise it will be liable to seizure and forfeiture.
“We urge the owners of these vehicles to come forward with valid Customs clearance documents, otherwise they will be liable to seizure and subsequent forfeiture to the Federal Government in line with the laws of the land.
For the avoidance of doubt, our action is in line with the provisions of Section 147 of the Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA), Cap 45, laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 which gives us power to search premises; and Section 158 of CEMA, Cap 45 laws of the Federation of Nigeria which grants us power to patrol freely”. He said.