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Customs tightens anti-smuggling noose, seizes Rolls Royce, 14 trailers of Rice, others valued N1.6 bn

Mohammed Uba, CAC Federal Operations Unit ‘A’ briefing Newsmen on seizures made
The Nigeria
Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit, Ikeja on Tuesday made public its
massive seizures of smuggled choice cars, rice and other products with duty
paid value of N1.6 billion, from January 1-31, 2018.


The seized
products include 31 choice cars, 8,400 foreign parboiled rice, 1,652 cartons of
frozen poultry products, 835 jerrycans of vegetable oil, 10 sack bags of Indian
hemp, 2,208 pieces of used tyres among other items.

One of the seized vehicles on display at the FOU ‘A’


Conducting
newsmen round the displayed seized items, the Customs Area Controller, Mr.
Mohammed, said the Command expanded its operational modalities to tackle
smuggling tirelessly.

The CAC also
disclosed that during the period in review, the command was able to recover
over N91 million in duty paid.

Condemning
the act of smuggling, the CAC used the opportunity to warn prospective smugglers
to steer clear as the Unit would always give them a battle for their act.
He said: “Let
me seize this opportunity to warn all would-be smugglers to desist from any act
of illegal trade and invest their money in a legitimate business that will
yield dividend on their investments.

“There is no
amount of resistance from the smugglers and their mob accomplices that will
deter us from performing our statutory responsibilities in all aspects,
especially in suppression of within the South-West zone.”

He urged
owners of the seized vehicles including 4 Rolls Royce, 1 Porche Panamera, 1 Jaguar,
1 Bentley, 2 Lexus Jeep, 2 G wagon, 1 Toyota Land Cruiser, 5 Toyota Corolla, 7
Mercedes Benz, which mostly 2017 models with cumulative duty paid value of over
N1. 4 billion to come forward with evidence of customs clearance documents or
risk forfeiture of their vehicles.

He said: “
For the avoidance of doubt, our action is in line with the provisions of
Sections 147 of customs and Excise Management Act(CEMA) Cap 45, Laws of the
Federation of Nigeria 2004( power to search premises), Section 158 of CEMA, Cap
45 Laws of Federation of Nigeria(Power to patrol freely).”

Uba also
condemned the act of concealment and false declaration as dangers against
sustainable trade, adding that false declaration makes it impossible for
government to have appropriate data of kinds of goods imported for purposes of
trade analysis. 

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