Between January and June this year, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Zone ‘A’, Ikeja made four hundred and Ninety Four (494) different Seizures of prohibited/offending goods valued at N1.2billion.
According to a statement issued by the Public Relation Officer (PRO) of the command, Uche Ejesieme, breakdown of the seizures include 22,763 bags of 50kg parboiled rice, valued at One Hundred and Thirteen Million, Nine Hundred and Forty Thousand Naira (N113,940,000.00) with a payable duty of Thirty Four Million, One Hundred and Eighty Two Thousand Naira (N34,182,000.00) and a DPV of One Hundred and Forty Eight Million, One Hundred and Twenty Two Thousand Naira (N148,122,000.00).
According to the PRO, assorted general merchandise including new and used textile materials, new and used shoes, vegetable oil, insecticide, wine, various types of spaghetti and noodles, soaps and detergents valued at Three Hundred and Sixty Five Million, Three Hundred and Forty Six Thousand, Six Hundred and Fifty Naira (N365,346,650.00) with a payable duty of Ninety Four Million, One Hundred and Ninety Four Thousand, Nine Hundred and Ninety Nine Naira (N94,194,990.00) were also seized with 126 suspects in connection with the seizures.
Other seizures include Poultry Products, 29,684 cartons valued at N133,578,000.00 with a payable duty of Twenty Six Million, Seven Hundred and Fifteen Thousand, Six Hundred Naira (N26,715,600.00) and a DPV of One Hundred and Sixty Million, Two Hundred and Ninety Three Thousand, Six Hundred Naira (N160,293,600.00)..
Also, a total of fifty (50) vehicles was intercepted comprising Thirty eight (38) units of assorted vehicles and twelve (12) buses valued at Sixty Eight Million Naira (N68,000,000.00) with a payable duty of seventy Twenty Three Million, Eight Hundred Thousand Naira (N23,800,000.00) and a DPV of Ninety One Million, Eight Hundred Thousand Naira (N91,800,000.00) Only.
Three thousand, one hundred and seventy four (3,174) Vegetable Oil Jerry CANS, two hundred and eighty six (286) cartons, one hundred and twenty (120) PCS of 10 liters and one thousand two hundred and fifty (1,250) empty J/CANS were also intercepted, valued at Twenty One Million, One Hundred and Ninety Six Thousand Naira (N21,196,000.00), among others
The statement explained that the Controller confirmed that over Three Hundred and Twelve Million, Eight Hundred and Seventy Thousand, Two Hundred and Ninety Five Naira (N312,870,295.00) was recovered through the various interventions during the same period.
In addition, the Controller noted that some of the seized items contravened sections 46 & 47 of the Customs & Excise Management Act CAP C45 LFN 2004; which are on “FORFEITURE OF GOODS IMPROPERLY IMPORTED” AS WELL AS “PENALTY FOR IMPROPER IMPORTATION OF GOODS among others”.