- The Nigerian Customs Service has intercepted a truckload of Codeine syrup, 21 exotic vehicles, five trailers of imported rice, others
- Other items intercepted include; 436 Jerry cans of vegetable oil, 333 cartons of frozen poultry product, 287 bales of used clothing
- Most of the seized items will be delivered to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Borno state
A truckload of Codeine syrup, 21 exotic vehicles, five trailers of imported rice and others with a Duty Paid Value, worth N1.12 billion in five weeks was intercepted by the Federal Operating Unit, FOU, Zone A of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) on Wednesday, July 25, Vanguard reports.
NAIJ.com gathered that Mohammed Uba Garba, Customs Area Controller of the Zone A, disclosed this while briefing newsmen in Lagos.
Other items seized include; 498 cartons of 100ml CSP Codeine Cough Syrup, 9,504 bags of foreign parboiled rice (15 trailers), 436 Jerry cans of vegetable oil, 333 cartons of frozen poultry product, 287 bales of used clothing, and 198 pieces of used tyres, among others.
He gave the Duty Paid Value for the 21 exotic vehicles, a truckload of Codeine, second-hand clothes, frozen products, imported rice, vegetable oil, and tyres at N484.4m, N199.2m, N51.7m, N2.8m, N125.9m, N5.3m, and N1.9m respectively.
The comptroller said according to the presidential directive, through the order of the Comptroller General of Customs, Hameed Ali, most of the seized items will be delivered to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Borno state.
However, he urged owners of the seized vehicles to come “forward for clarifications otherwise they will lose their cars to the Federal Government in accordance with the Custom and Excise Management Act (CEMA) Cap 45, Laws.”
He said: “It is our obligation to support the Federal Government Policy on Rice, encourage local rice farmers, the millers and patronize our own nutritional rice which by significance will create employment opportunities for our unemployed youths.
"The substance and the suspects would be handed over to the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control, NAFDAC, for further investigation and prosecution in a court of competent jurisdiction.”
NAIJ.com previously reported that the Nigeria Customs service on Tuesday, March 6, handed over the sum of 375,000 USD (Three hundred and seventy five thousand United States dollar) and one Adamu Rabiu Muhammad with passport number A50280997 to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Kaduna zonal office.
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The suspect, a business man from Kano was intercepted at the international wing of the Kaduna international airport, traveling on board ET941 Ethiopian Airline to Dubai on a business trip.
A team of Custom officers on patrol, led by CSC Medugu Y.D. apprehended the suspect on Saturday, March 3.
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