The Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone A Headquarters of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Ikeja, Lagos South – West Nigeria; under the leadership of DC Hussein Kehinde Ejibunu on Thursday, said it has recorded seizures comprising of 55,800 litters of PMS, 73 bales used clothes, 82 units of used fridges, 104 pieces of compressor, 143 bales of textile, 1,264 pieces of used tires, 156 cartons of frozen poultry, 7,960 pairs of new shoes, 240 pieces of ladies purse, 93 cartons of tin tomato, 2 units of foreign used vehicles and 11 pieces of used rugs, with a cumulative duty paid value [DPV] of five hundred and thirty-three million, one hundred and sixty-nine thousand, five hundred and twenty Naira only [N533,169,520]. The seized goods were intercepted in the process of smuggling the goods into the country from Benin Republic.
A total of twelve suspects were arrested in connection with some of the seizures and for committing various customs offences.
DC Ejibunu who is adherent to the Federal Government’s policy that encourages local production of rice against the importation of foreign parboiled rice said, ” The Unit had seized 7,259 (of 50 kg each) bags of rice an equivalent of over twelve trucks load. Apart from the Federal Government’s policies geared towards the protection of its local economy against foreign competitors, government in her wisdom prohibits goods like: used clothes, used fridges/compressors and used tyres among others; because of their attending effects on the security, health and the economy. Therefore, Nigerians are urged to acquaint themselves with the import prohibition list for compliance and to cooperate with the Service to safeguard our country.”
Sequel to a laboratory test analysis on some of the previously seized foreign parboiled rice by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC). One of the test parameters indicated some contents of lead (a soft heavy toxic malleable metallic element) in the tested rice; making it unfit for human consumption.
“Consequent upon this laboratory analysis on the foreign parboiled rice; as a responsible government agency, we are letting Nigerians know that apart from the negative economic impact of importing foreign rice into the country, some of these imported rice are unhealthy for human consumption. Thus, we advise consumers to desist from patronizing the federal government banned foreign parboiled rice. We as citizens have a collective responsibility to safeguard our economy and health for the benefit of all.” DC Ejibunu said
Further more, the Unit also discovered a short paid through Following series of diligent documentary checks on some initially cleared cargoes, demand notices (DN) were raised to the sum of One Hundred and Eleven Million, Eight Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand, Eight Hundred and Seventy-three Naira, Seventy-five Kobo (N111,825,873.75K) which was ultimately collected as revenue for the federal government.
The DC in his words he said “We wish to thank our esteemed compliant importers/traders, as we assure them of our commitment to facilitate their genuine businesses. While we urge the recalcitrant traders to turn a new leaf by embracing legitimate trade, or face the consequences of their actions; because as a Unit, we are better mobilized by the Service, organized and determined with a very high morale to do our job without fear or favour.”