Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Nigerian Customs Seizes 27 Exotic Vehicles, Expired Rice, 1,104 Cartons Of Fake Drugs, Frozen Poultry, Other Items (Pics)

The Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone A Command has announced the seizure of contraband valued at N783.6million within August 9 and 25, 2017.

According to the Command, the contraband includes 27 exotic vehicles, which comprised of Toyota Prado, Toyota Hilux, Toyota Highlander, Mercedes Benz and two trucks laden with 1,104cartons of different types of fake medicines.

Others include; expired rice, frozen poultry, used tyres, used clothes and various general merchandise.
The controller of the zone, Mohammed Garba, made the disclosure on Monday, August 28, when conducting journalists round the command’s warehouses where the seized items were kept.

The Customs boss who noted that the 27 units of vehicles seized were valued at N228.2million also explained that the anti-smuggling unit recovered N252million from duty payments and demand notices on general goods intercepted outside the seaports, airports and borders, The New Telegraph reports.

Garba said the amount was realised from wrong classification, transfer of value and short change in duty payment.
He advised smugglers to desist from their illegal trade, noting that the customs was prepared to cripple smugglers and send them out of their illegitimate business.

Meanwhile, Julius Novigana and Victor Agbor who were arrested by security operatives for allegedly smuggling imported snakes have disappeared from custody.

The Punch reports that the two suspects were handed over to officials of the Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Services (NAQS) after they were apprehended by the customs.

Mrs. Nanbyen Burromvyat who is the Customs Area Comptroller in charge of Calabar Free Trade Zone, Cross River and Akwa Ibom Commands handed over the suspects to NAQS on July 26 before they disappeared.

Mr. Sunday Ukut confirmed to Ibrahim Jubril who is the minister of state for environment that the two suspects had fled.

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