– The Nigeria Customs Service recovers N252, 1 million from duty payments
– The controller of the zone, Zone A command, Mohammed Garba says some contraband confiscated by the customs included expired rice, frozen poultry, tyres, used clothes among others
– Garba states that the customs was prepared to cripple the activities of smugglers and send them out of their illegitimate business
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 Punch reports. 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 New Telegraph reports that the customs boss who noted that the 27 units of vehicles seized were valued at N228.2 million also explained that the anti-smuggling unit recovered N252, 1million from duty payments and demand notices on general goods intercepted outside the seaports, airports and borders.
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.
See photos of the seized vehicles below: