By Maritime Security News
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) led by the Comptroller-General of Customs (GCG’s) National Strike Force Team at Zone ‘A’ Ikeja, Lagos on Friday said that it has for the last three months on the first quarter of the year 2019 seized various items with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of over N460 Million.
The team which showcased the seized items to newsmen also said that smugglers should be wise, reasonable and stop risking their hard earned resources and investment in the name of smuggling, while warning equally that smuggling will not pay them because they must surely be caught up by law in such malpractices by the vigilant officers and men of the service and thereafter lose their goods and investments.
Smuggling activities, the team reemphasized, is dangerous to our health and the nation’s economy, and is also gradually killing even the smugglers themselves as most of the got frustrated business wise after the seizure of their imported items.
Speaking to newsmen on Friday at the Customs Training School lkeja, the National Coordinator of CGC’s Strike Force team, DC Abdullahi Kirawa said, as we Nigerians are crying and yarning for infrastructural development, so government is and cannot do without actualizing that by collecting its duties and revenue for development and actualization of lts programmes and policies.
Warning that as far as smugglers refuse to change from their nefarious activities, they (the officers and men of the service) would never relent in their efforts ln chasing out of their evil businesses.
While taking journalists round the mechanic workshop at the Ikeja trainnlng school, FOU Zone ‘A’,.Lagos where the seizures were kept, DC Kirawa, the National Coordinator of Customs strike Force, further told newsmen that the seizures worth over N460million which include Items like expired tyres, imitation jewelries, foreign rice and many other items.
DC Kirawa equally pleaded with the importers to always go by accurate declaration.
”Please use your various medium to inform stakeholders to always declare accurately what is contained in the containers they are declaring. lt is not a prohibltion so why declare lt wrongly?. Now, he (the importer)of the four feet containers load of second hand clothes valued at N39,77l,600. That is why we should appeal to you members of the press to help disseminate the information to the public to disengage from smuggling trade goods. We will go a long way to ensure that the right and accurate duties or revenues are declared to the Customs.”
In his words:”wrong declarations run contrary section of Customs law, Customs Excise and Management Act (CEMA) cap. 84 of 2004.”
He also talked about we paying our taxes.
”And by we paying our taxes as at when due, by doing that we are not only helping the government but helping ourselves by ensuring that there is job creation, employment of our teaming youths and curbing of crime (smuggling) because people will be gainfully employed. So lt is necessary we pay our duties so that government will get lts desired revenue to discharge its functions.”
Klrawa said ”whether the smugglers use corporate vehicles, passenger vehicle or articulated vehicles, smuggling is smuggling and lt is evil and must be condemned.”
The national coordinator calls for behavioral change among Nigerians.
”No matter how you relate people your attitude towards our country matters. And the need for us to bring back integrity back to our system.
Other items seized include over 1,697 pieces of used tyres valued at N7,490,000 which falls under prohibition list.
”More so It is the responsibility of all and sundry that we engage on meaningful responsibilities.