By Daniel Henry
The Federal Operations Unit, Zone A, Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Ikeja, Lagos, has declared seizure of 113 exotic cars and other Contra-band and prohibited products valued at total of N2 billion, between February 6th to April 16th 2019.
At a Media brief yesterday, the Area controller, Comptroller Mohammed Aliyu, who revealed this to newsmen said the seizures were made possible through intelligence network Team of its officers and men.
According to him, out of 113 vehicles Intercepted, 60 are on detention while 53 are seized adding that “some of these cars are 2019 model including a range Rover Bullet proof (Auto Bio) Jeep, and were intercepted because they passed through land borders instead of the ports besides they lack authentic documents,”
The Area controller also disclosed that a total of 13,810 bags of prohibited rice (25kg per bag), valued at N190,961,320 were seized as well as 12 parcels of Indian Helm valued at N960,000 were seized within the period.
Others are; 180 Jericans of Vegetable oil (28 litters each), valued at N1,440,000 and 157 Bales of used cloths valued at N9,420,000 were seized.
More so, 265 pieces of used tyres valued at N1,855,000 and 200 cartoons of frozen poultry products valued at N1,400,000 were part of the seizure.
Comptroller Mohammed also said that, 24 pieces of used Compressors valued at N360,000 and 1000 sachets of Tramadol drug valued at N250,000, were seized as well.
Also among seizures are; 43 sacks of used shoes, 280 pieces of Matchets and 62 cartons of Tomatoes paste valued at N2,580,000; N420,000; N62,000 respectively.
Others are; a 600 cartons of Codeine Cyrup, 398 cartons of Really Extra (Diclofenac) and 1,056 cartons of Chest and Lung tablets valued at N240,000,000; N15,920,000 and N105,600,000 respectively, while 49 cartons of paracetamol injection valued at N39 200,000 was also seized.
He further revealed that all the seized products were concealed with other goods including washing machine, rubber cups and soft drinks.
He therefore called for the collaboration with well meaning Nigerians to help the Force to stamp out importation of contra-bands and sub-sector standard products from entering into the country and warned those involved in such acts to desist forthwith.
Fielding questions from newsmen, he stressed that some seized containers in the Command’s warehouse are yet to be valued and made public adding that it is working with sister agencies to Fight smuggling while it awaits the federal government to decide what to do with the unwholesome products.