Customs intercepts goods worth N80.8m

Seme Custom Personnel

The customs says it is particular about poultry products in order to protect local industries.

The Federal Operations Unit of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Ikeja, said on Wednesday that it impounded 393 assorted contraband goods estimated at N80.8 million in August.

The Public Relations Officer of the unit, Uche Ejesieme, said this in an interview in Lagos.

Mr. Ejesieme said that the seizures, which include vehicles, were more than the 331 recorded in the same period in 2011. He also said that 256 seizures were recorded in July.

He said 34 suspects linked to the goods were arrested and most of the suspects have been charged to court with some cases pending at the Federal High Court.

“Don’t forget that the smugglers sometimes tend to be ahead of you in terms of planning because they also have their own information. But what we do is to be two steps or three steps ahead of them.

Mr. Ejesieme said that the unit makes use of intelligence gathering to ensure that smuggling is drastically reduced.

The customs spokesman said his unit was also particular about seizure of poultry products, in complying with a circular from the Comptroller General of Customs.

“In the past months, we’ve arrested and destroyed about 5,000 cartons of assorted poultry products and this is in line with the expectations of the service.

“We are also doing it because we need to protect our local industries and we also need to ensure that we create jobs and we also need to educate Nigerians on health implication of some of these things,” he said.


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