Customs impounds vehicles with illegal goods worth N50m

Customs impounds vehicles with illegal goods worth N50m

- The Nigeria Customs Service has impounded goods worth N50 million about to be smuggled into the country

- It said those smugglers were arrested based on credible intelligence

- It boasted that anybody apprehended in illegal smuggling will be made to face the wrath of law

Following the order given by President Muhammadu Buhari that draconian measures should be taken against illegal smuggling of goods to the country, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) said it has impounded up to five vehicles conveying contraband worth N50.2 million to the country.

This revelation was made by Peters Olugboyega during a media briefing at the zonal headquarters situated in Bauch. Olugboyega is the the comptroller of Federal Operations Unit, zone D which comprises Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Taraba, Bauchi, Gombe, Plateau, Benue and Nassarawa states, Punch reports. gathers that the successful operation was due to the credible intelligence gathered by security agency.

While putting more light on the revelation, the comptroller also added that: "On September 2, 2018, one DAF truck, with number plate, XG 433 RSH, was impounded on Potiskum-Gombe Road around 7.15am with 1,963 cartons of foreign spaghetti and 780 jerrycans of vegetable oil. The Duty Paid Value (DPV) on the vehicle and goods was N32,282,000."

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According to him, besides the development which led to the impounding of DAF truck, three J5 buses with number plates, NSR 374 TRN; TRN 162 AU; and JJN 108 XP, carrying 90 packs of second hand clothes in each bus were also seized along Bauchi-Kano Road around 4.30am on September 3, 2018.

He, therefore, warned smugglers to desist from acts that contravene the law of the country, adding that anybody caught in the offence will be duly prosecuted in accordance to the law.

He added: "Smugglers are hereby warned to desist from the acts or they will be arrested and prosecuted in accordance with the law. The drivers of the impounded vehicles have been arrested. We have 30 different strategies; this is just one of them. We will always go ahead of smugglers. No matter their antics, we will crush them. If they are unrepentant, we are out for them. Any smuggler arrested will be prosecuted.”

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Meanwhile, reported that the Nigerian Customs Service had undergone some internal cleansing recently as 17 junior officers were dismissed for various offences, which include: drug addiction, certificate forgery, theft and absence from duty from January to September 2016.

This was contained in a statement made by Wale Adeniyi, the spokesperson for the Customs Service who revealed that two of the officers were dismissed for absence from duty while one officer was retired for drug addiction.

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