By Innocent Orok
The Nigeria Customs Strike Force team, Zone ‘A’ in Lagos has in the last five weeks recorded massive seizures of contra ban goods worth N417,228,247 as total Duty Paid Value (DPV) and arrested three suspects in connection with the illegal activities.
Briefing Journalists in Lagos on Wednesday, the CG Strike Force Coordinator, Zone ‘A’ , Deputy Comptroller Ahmadu Bello Shuaibu said the renewed vigour to curtail the activities of smugglers by his team have been carefully checked and physical examinations conducted during various interceptions to nabbed those involve in nefarious activities in the zone.
He said ” the following among others were found to have contravened Section 46, sub-section b,c,e and f of the Customs and Excise Management Act, CAP, C45 LFN of 2014. 1,185 bags of foreign parboiled rice (50kg each), 2,147 cartons of Cosmetics, 1,320 bales of textile materials, 1,956 cartons of new shoes and vehicles of different kinds with a Duty Paid Value of N417,228,247″.
DC Shuaibu, however appealed to the media to support the Customs in sensitizing the public on the importance and benefits of compliance in doing legitimate trade and also the disadvantages of engaging in illegal trade and smuggling. Adding that, if snuggling is left unchecked it would cripple our local economy, while increasing health and security challenges.