Customs CG’s Strike Force Zone A, Generates N426.4 Million In One Month

Hyacinth Chinweuba

The Comptroller General (CG), Strike Force, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Zone ‘A’  Ahmadu Bello Shuaibu, a Deputy Comptroller of Customs (DC), has disclosed the interception of 575 bales of secondhand clothing which has already been forfeited to government.

This is also in addition to 664 cartons of unregistered drugs and 1,140 cartons of supermarket goods, said to have been improperly imported into the country.

Other items seized include 1,140 cartons of super market goods, 530 cartons of foot wears and 1,600 bags of foreign parboiled rice, noting that the seized drugs were without NAFDAC number, following the agency’s due diligence checks based on the invitation of NCS.

He also explained that part of the reasons for seizing the said items has to do largely with false declaration and underpayment of customs duty; even as he disclosed that a total of N426, 349,173.00 was recovered through issuance of debit notes.

“Sequel to conscientious documentary checks, the ICT component of the team recovered the sum of N426.4 million from demand notices (DN) raised within April till yesterday, 25th of May 2021”

“The money recovered from demand notices could have been lost to unscrupulous importers.”

He appealed to importers and traders to commit to the economic wellbeing of the country by supporting the federal government backward integration policy aimed at reviving her moribund industries and efforts to resuscitate local manufacturing such as textiles, by shunning importation of foreign textiles, foreign shoes and foot wears

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He further lamented that such importation is systematically killing the nation’s foot wear and textile industries, sending her teeming youths and the productive bracket out of employment, while creating employment and wealth for the exporting countries at the detriment of Nigeria’s capacity to build own foreign reserve through export of her manufacture.

“While we appreciate our patriotic trader’s for their compliance with the Customs and Excise extant laws, we employ the cooperation of all international traders to imbibe compliance in the interest of the nation’s socio-economic wellbeing and security,”.

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