By Sandra Chukwunyere
The Comptroller-General ( CG)Strike Force Zone ‘A’ of the Nigeria Customs Service under the leadership and coordination of DC Ahmadu Bello Shuaibu has disclosed the interception of 575 bales of secondhand clothing which has already been forfeited to government.
Between April and May, the team made seizures worth a total duty paid value (DPV) of N338,660,671.00 due to series of contraventions on some sections
of the Customs clearance procedures and extant laws. These seizures are products of credible intelligence and meticulous documentary checks.
Total breakdown of seizures made within the period under review shows these seizures, 575 bales of second hand clothing, 1,440 cartons of super market goods, 664 cartons of drugs without the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) number, 530 cartons of foot wears, 1,600 bags of foreign parboiled rice.
He also explained that part of the reasons for seizing the said items has to do largely with false declaration and underpayment of customs duty; even as he disclosed that a total of N426, 349,173.00 was recovered through issuance of debit notes.
“Sequel to conscientious documentary checks, the ICT component of the team recovered the sum of N426.4 million from demand notices (DN) raised within April till yesterday, 25th of May 2021”
“The money recovered from demand notices could have been lost to unscrupulous importers.”
Furthermore, the ICT component of the team recovered the sum of N426,349,173.00 from demand notices raised within the period under review.
While addressing the Journalists present, the Coordinator says “We appreciate our patriotic traders for their compliance with the Customs and Excise extant laws, we seek their cooperation of all international traders to imbibe compliance in the interest of the nation’s socio-economic well-being and security”.
DC Shuiab further appreciates the role of the media and all genuine stakeholders in the fight against economic sabotage.
He has sent a message to the fraudulent importers with their agents and the smugglers there is no hiding place for them as they would always be fished out no that the strategies employed to carry out their nefarious trade.