•FOU’A’ intercepts 630 cartons of frozen turkey concealed in soft drink truck•
Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Kano/Jigawa Area Command, on Tuesday, says it has seized 20 Toyota Hilux vehicles with a total duty paid value of N100 million in Kano.
The Area Comptroller, Mr Yusuf Abba-Kasim, made the disclosure at a news conference in Kano.
He said the vehicles were seized by officers of the command, adding that, “we received intelligence information that some people had smuggled vehicles into Kano from neighbouring country without payment of duty.
“The vehicles were hidden somewhere in Kano metropolis and we quickly mobilised officers to the place and seized the vehicles”.
He explained that the seized Toyota Hilux vehicles with N5 million custom duty each cost N15 million each.
He noted that one suspect had been arrested, while others involved in the crime would also be brought to book.
He announced that the Kano/Jigawa Customs Command generated over N600 million revenue in the first quarter of 2018.
The comptroller appealed to the public and importers to always pay their customs duties and declare the exact content of goods being imported.
He added that “the revenue is not for Customs, we are a government agency mandated to raise money that will be used to improve the lives of citizens”.
He urged the public to always provide the command with relevant information to curtail smuggling into the country.
In a related development, the Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone ‘A’ of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Ikeja, has intercepted cartons of contraband imported frozen poultry products concealed with packed of soft drinks in a twenty (20ft) foot container.
The FOU said the ceased container contained 630 cartons of frozen turkey products carefully concealed and stacked with packed cartons of soft drinks of different brands including Fanta, Coca Cola and Sprite.
Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Mohammed Uba while showcasing the seized goods revealed that the vehicle that was conveying the products was intercepted on May 11,at Ijora axis based on the intelligent reports.
“That was the reasons why the FOU ‘A’ Ikeja always be on patrol though customs have checking points saying Section 158 of the Customs and Exercise Law gave them right to patrol within their command,” he explained.
The Area Controller, said his men on patrol intercepted the vehicle based on information they got adding that if public sees customs men checking motor suspected to have carried prohibited items on the roads, they complains.”
“You can see what this person have carefully packed to deceit and sub change government revenue with a duty paid value (DPV). If FOU are not on patrol, perhaps before they could reach the area from Ikeja, the suspect would have gone”, he added.
Reacting to what will happen to these seized items and the suspects; he said the items would be destroyed with the collaboration of NAFDAC officers, while the suspect will be charge to court.
He also explained that any duty able product concealed with prohibited item in order to deceit would be seized and confiscate or destroy together. “In this case, Fanta and Sprite concealed with frozen turkey on the prohibited list will be confiscated and destroyed”, he said.
He advised smugglers to go through legitimate business process to enable government have proper records of all trades for purposes of planning. Without proper record or statistics of all transactions, there will be no planning. For effective developmental planning, government needs proper records, he noted.
The Comptroller said that the level of education is low despite all efforts of government through media about the danger of prohibited products, Nigeria citizenry still patronize this prohibited products.
He further disclosed that the Command has recorded 28 cases of frozen products representing 770 cartons with DPV over and above forty Million from January through to April 2018 this year.