Customs impounds Dangote Cement truck, 9 others with 6,206 bags of rice

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   The Federal Operations Unit (FOU) of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), zone ‘A’, Ikeja has seized Dangote Cement Truck, nine others with not less than 6,206 bags of smuggled rice.

  Briefing Journalists on Wednesday in Lagos, the Customs Area Controller of the unit,  Mohammed Uba Garba explained that the trucks were impounded between 4th—31st October, 2017.

   Other items seized are 59 Sports Utility Vehicles (SUV), Sixty-seven (67) bales of second hand clothing, six hundred (600) cartons of foreign poultry products, thirteen (13) parcels of Indian hemp, four hundred and five (405) pieces of used tyres and fifty-four (54) kegs of foreign vegetable oil.

  He said:“Similarly, two containers were also seized for contravening customs law. While one of the containers carried used fridges, 270 cartons of refined sunflower oil, 55 pieces of used gas compressors, 18 packs of juice and other assorted items as against cooking gas declared in the SGD, the other container was carrying 147 bales of printed wax and 168 of lace material as against new electronics declared in the SGD.

 “These containers are seized for carrying contraband and entered under false declaration in order to beat the system contrary to the Customs and Excise Law Section 147. Also, a 1×40 container suspected to be carrying prohibited goods is under prohibition.

“It is instinctive to note that a total of six (6) suspects have been arrested relating to these 120 seizures. The Indian hemp will be handed over to NDLEA for further action”.

  The Controller stated that the unit through interventions recovered one hundred and forty-four million, four hundred and thirty-three thousand, five hundred and twenty-four naira (144,433,524) from duty payments and demand notices on general goods that tried to circumvent the law at seaports, airports and border stations through wrong declaration, transfer of value, underpayment of duty accrued to the federal government of Nigeria within the weeks under review.

  “Between 4th-31st October, 2017, the unit has intercepted various contraband with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of One billion, three hundred and fifty-three million, six hundred and seventeen thousand, one hundred and four naira, eight Kobo (N1,353,617,104.08) only.”.