Wednesday 20th September, 2017
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Zone C records N1.3 billion in two months

Zone C records N1.3 billion in two months

The Federal Opera­tions Unit, Zone ‘A’ Ikeja, Lagos in the months of January and Feb­ruary 2017 intercepted var­ious contrabands and oth­er goods on detention with a duty paid value (DPV) of N713,838,950.00.
It equally recovered N650,314,436.90 from duty payments and demand no­tices on general goods that tried to beat the system from seaports, airport and border stations in the guise of false declaration, transfer of val­ue, and shortchange in duty payment that are meant for the Federal Govern­ment, making a cumulative N1,364,153,386.90.
While commending his officers, the Unit Control­ler, Haruna Mamudu said in the months under review, 197 different seizures were recorded comprising foreign parboiled rice, frozen poul­try products, vegetable oil, smuggled vehicles, Indian hemp, arms, fake pharma­ceuti-cal/medicamentand various general merchan­dise.
He however noted that 23000 bags of 50kg of foreign parboiled rice with a duty paid value of N149,500,000.00 is still un­der seal in an unnamed warehouse in Lagos await­ing relevant importation docu-ment for further nec­essary action. Also, Demand Notices of over N100mil­lion has been issued to two auto dealers/assemblers un­der customs seal awaiting payment for infractions on their import transactions, while some are still under­going court trials. Over 16x40ft containers under de­tention are on thorough in­vestigation and appropriate DN would be raised and sei­zures effected where applica­ble, he said.
He also gave insights into seizure of ‘1,870 bags of for­eign parboiled rice and 43 jerrycans of vegetable oil from the front of an un­named warehouse in San­go Ota Motor park in Ogun State by his men.’
The seizures had led to protests, with shop owners alleging the operatives broke into their shops in the night to seize their goods.
But the controller chal­lenged those who might have genuine importation doc-ument from the seaport to come forward for their claims rather than breach-ing the law of the Land.
He added that the Unit’s action is in conformity with the law as enshrined in sec­tions 147, 148, and 158 of the Customs Excise Man­agement Act (CEMA) Cap C45 LFN 2004.
He appealed to all well meaning Nigerians to see smuggling as a crime, evil, and threat to national de­velopment and security. He added that the war against these economic saboteurs is a collective responsibili­ty of every patriotic Nigeri­ans He therefore enjoined all hands to be on deck on the fight against smuggling rath­er than aiding and abetting these criminal elements.
 

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