By Mary BASSEY, Senior Investigator Correspondent, Lagos/
*Some of the seized items…
LAGOS- THE Ahmadu Shuiabu led- Team ‘A’ Controller-General of Customs CGC Strike-force, has said that it will henceforth beams its searchlight directly at the Seaports with a view to identifying dangerous cargoes before they find their ways out of the ports.
This hint was dropped Wednesday, at Ikorodu, an outskirt of Lagos by the leader of the team, Ahmadu Shuiabu, a Deputy Comptroller of Customs DCS while briefing newsmen on the renewed onslaught against smugglers and seizure of 4 container loads of unprocessed wood with duty paid value dpv worth N373.5 million naira.
He said the woods were on their way out of the country to one of the Asian countries before eagled-eyed operatives intercepted it adding that the unnamed exporters acted in defiance to extant export prohibition list.
According to him, “Criminally minded businessmen are ridding on the determination of government to improve on the nation’s export trade, to indulge in the illegal shipment of woods to Asia. Henceforth, we will go all out after those behind the illegal exports and cripple the finances of the sponsors.
Among other seized items are 550 cartons of foot wears, 343 rolls of synthetic grass cover and 1,709 bags of 50kg of foreign parboiled rice with a cumulative Duty Paid Value of N664.6 million.
Within the period January and June 2021, a total of 86 seizures were made and they were found to have contravened different sections of the Customs and exercise laws.
The goods are worth the N1.65 billion in Duty Paid Value (DPV) Sequel to meticulous documentary checks, the ICT components of the team recovered the sum of N1.9 billion from Demand Notices (DN) raised within the period under review (January and June 2021).
Considering the socio Economic , security and health effects on the national Economy, importers and exporters and traders are advised to be committed to the well being of the nation’s economy by complying with the Federal government extant laws and policies aimed at reviving the moribund industries and to sustain the existing ones”
Recall that the Federal Government had in 2019 outlawed the export of unprocessed woods and allied products to protect the nation’s forest.
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