The Customs Comptroller General Strike Force Unit of the Nigeria Customs Service, Zone A, Ikeja Lagos have intercepted N643.73 billion worth of poisonous donkey hides and skin, charcoal and wood already positioned for export in Lagos.
The seizures were already stored in a warehouse in Apapa, and ready for export when it was intercepted.
Showcasing the seizures at the Nigeria Customs Export terminal, in Ikorodu recently, the South-West Zonal Coordinator of the team, DC Ahmadu Shuaibu, said the seized items were discovered stacked in a warehouse not too far from Apapa ports and those behind the illegal storage took to their heels on sighting the customs team.
DC Shuaibu revealed that the seizures would have been exported, but for the concerted and deliberate efforts of officers and men of the unit.
He insisted that effort was ongoing to ensure that all those behind the stockpiling of the seizures are brought to book.
According to the Zonal Coordinator, “the export prohibition guideline is in tandem with the Federal Government’s policies for the protection of endangered species, protection of the local economy and to promote the National Forest Policy that was approved by the Federal Executive Council, which according to him, is aimed at assisting the nation’s sustainable management of its vast forest resources against deforestation”
“In the course of duty, the following goods were seized. 1,372 bags of foreign parboiled rice (25kg each, 5×20ft containers of unprocessed logs of woods, 2×40ft (12,500 prices) containers of donkey hides and skin, 6×40ft and 1×20ft (3,891 sacks) containers of charcoal, 229 sacks of shoes, 167 pieces of used tyres and one unit of Mazda bus, with a commutative duty paid value of N643,727,837.00.
“For the period of the time the coordinator took over the mantle of leadership of the team, the sum of N3,001,226,794 was collected as revenue through issuance of Demand Notices. This feat was achieved through meticulous documentary checks of the ICT Component,” he said.
Reacting to attempt by smugglers to cash in on the ember months to flood the nation’s market with smuggled items, Shuaibu revealed that Operatives have been deployed to police the country’s waters and land borders.
He maintained that the unit is determined to deplete the finances of smugglers and their sponsors with in the Zone under his watch.