-Impounds vehicles worth N120m
By Damian Duruiheoma, Owerri
Comptroller of the Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘C’, Owerri, Bukar Amajam says the service’s anti-smuggling campaign has led to drastic reduction in smuggling activities in the country particularly in Imo, Delta, Edo, and Abia States.
Amajam who made the disclosure during inspection tour of the seizures made in the past one week kept in government warehouses in Benin City, Edo State and Owerri, Imo State, noted that despite the drastic reduction, the service was not ready to soft-pedal on its crackdown on smugglers, a development he said had led to more seizures in recent weeks.
According to him, the Ser- vice has seized smuggled and contraband goods worth N120
million in the last one week with two of the culprits being remanded in prison custody in Benin, Edo State for illegally importing goods into the country. He added that the culprits, the driver of Dangote truck, with fleet number: 227-XAIbesse and the person accompanying the smuggled goods in the vehicle, were intercepted with the said truck loaded with 460 bags of foreign rice smuggled into the country with a duty paid value of N18.4million.
Other smuggled goods intercepted and seized by the service include Bentley GT Coupe 2014 with a duty paid value of over N60 million; two G wagons—Mercedes Benz GLK 2011 model and Mercedes GLK 2008—with DPV of N17 million.
Also seized were Toyota Hi- ace bus loaded with 56 bags of rice with a DPV of N3.2million; mini bus loaded with 323 pieces of used tires with duty paid value (DPV) of N4,4million; de- tained Toyota Previa loaded with 59 bags of rice with duty paid value of N2.7 million.
The unit under Amajam’s watch also seized 1x20ft container of foreign Eva Soap concealed with spare parts, saying foreign Eva Soap was among prohibited products more so because there is company producing such products in the country. Also intercept- ed along Benin axis was a Busscar luxury bus loaded with 100 bags of rice and 40 bails of second hand clothes. Amajam stated that the Customs Information Patrol Base across Zone C had led to great seizures, adding that information from good Nigerians and following the ethics of the ease of doing business had immensely aided the service in its latest clamp down on smuggling activities.