Nigeria Customs sets up panel to probe imported military wares

The Comptroller General of Customs (CGC), Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd) has raised an investigation panel to probe and bring to book the people connected with the illegal importations of military wares.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Service, Mr. Joseph Attah, said in the last one month the Nigeria Customs Service( NCS) Federal Operations Unit, Zone ‘C’, and Operatives of Onne Area II Command in Port-Harcourt intercepted two 40 feet containers, ‘MRSU 3040288’ and ‘MRKU 4909151’ containing 15,632 military camouflages and other items on July 27, and August 16, 2018.

Giving a breakdown, the first container has 11 bales with each having 400 pairs of military camouflage totalling 4,400 sets, while the second container has 620 sets of the uniform and caps, 10,100 pieces of inner military T-Shirts and 512 pairs of military jungle boots.

The NCS said the imports were contrary to Schedule 4(13) of the ECOWAS Common External Tariff (CET) which falls under Absolute Prohibition and Section 46(b) of Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA).

Col. Ali while inaugurating the committees said, “even though preliminary investigations have led to the arrest of five persons including the importer of both consignments, it is imperative that a painstaking investigation is conducted to unravel all those who are remotely connected to the criminal importations with a view to punishing offenders and preventing reoccurrence.”

The probe panel is led by Assistant Comptroller General (ACG) Sanusi Umar, the Zonal Coordinator Zone ‘C’ Headquarters, with five other members including NCS Legal Adviser, Barrister T.K Wudapba.