Customs Seizes N4bn Imported Used Cars, Others In Six Months

The Nigeria Customs Service, on Wednesday, said it seized 44 units of imported used cars, 218,575 litres of Premium Motor Spirit, and other contrabands with a duty-paid value of N4bn within the first half of 2023.

The Federal Operations Unit, Zone A, Ikeja, confirmed the seizure in a statement on Wednesday.

The statement further said the unit arrested 60 suspects and recovered a total of N400m as revenue through the issuance of demand notices.

The statement read in part, “Other seizures made within the period under review include 14,015 parcels of Indian hemp, 1,064 bales of used clothing, 450 drums by 106kg of carbide, 220-foot containers of unprocessed wood, 1,448 pieces of foreign rugs, 30 units of used motorcycles, 44 units of used vehicles (tokunbo), 218,575 litres of PMS, 860 cartons of foreign poultry products, 833 pieces of used tyres.

“Prominent among the seizures is rice which amounts to 36,742 X 50kg bags of foreign parboiled rice equivalent to 62 truck loads. Some of them were ferried through bush paths using motorcycles and rickety vehicles as means of conveyance.”

The statement added that the unit, through the Federal High Courts, convicted 11 suspects for committing offences of improper importation, assaulting Custom officers, possession of foreign parboiled rice, and possession of pangolin scales meant for export.

“While some other smuggling and related cases instituted in the courts are at various stages of prosecution and would be followed up diligently, we wish to express our profound gratitude to sister security agencies for their unflinching synergy in the course of our operations.

“Special mention to the Department of State Security Services – Oyo State Command for the arrest of a notorious suspect that was on the wanted list for the attack on a Customs patrol team escorting exhibits. Interestingly, this suspect was arrested and handed over to the unit yesterday,” the statement said.

The statement further said within the first six months of the year, the activities of the unit resulted in a high volume of seizures with some suspects arrested.

“We also succeeded in preventing the entry of dangerous or harmful substances like illicit drugs into society. Let me reiterate that for the second half of 2023, our onslaught against smugglers will be fiercer with a renewed determination to uncover them using intelligence-backed enforcement. We shall get recalcitrant traders and their agents arrested and prosecuted in addition to seizing their wares.” the statement said.


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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