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Customs Impounds Contraband Worth N219m

Posted: Sep 24, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Anolu Vincent

Owerri

The Zone Zone ‘C’ command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) in Owerri, Imo state has impounded contraband goods with estimated total Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N219, 375,479.00 its areas of jurisdiction.

The Customs Area Controller of the Unit, Comptroller Dimka, Victor David fsi who showcased the items at the Customs warehouses at both Owerri and Benin while briefing newsmen, listed the impounded items to include one thousand, nine hundred and twenty (1,920) cartons of banned mosquito coils bearing a Duty Paid Value of N38, 400,000.00, adding that the driver and vehicle had been arrested and would be prosecuted after necessary investigation.

According to him, 4,480 cartons of foreign Eva soap known in local parlance as “complexion care soap” with a DPV of N23, 655,720 was seized on the 11th of this month seized on the Aba/Eleme axis.

“You see people, both men and women looking not yellow, but red and most of them is as a result of using such soap,” he said.

The Customs Area Controller who advised against using soap without NAFDAC registration number, said that the products usually find their way into the country with Chinese language written on the leaflets, and warned that any consumable item manufactured within or outside the country must not only bear English inscriptions, but also the country of origin, manufacturing and expiration dates.

Other items impounded by the Unit according were 596 pieces of used tyres on the Owerri Port-Harcourt axis with a DPV of N3, 439,729.00, a truck load of 714 various brands of fake drugs on the Benin express way without NAFDAC registration numbers, manufacturing and expiring dates, as well as brand new six (6) Toyota Hilux with DPV of N57, 769,470.00 impounded on the Asaba/Benin expressway.

He said, “we have more often than not warned on the dangers of using second hand tyres because most of them, if not expired, they are discarded by the country of origin and Nigerians will import them and use same to kill human beings without listening to the words of reason from the government not to kill their brothers and sisters with something that is bad, the FRSC is in a better position to tell us how many lives have been lost on the roads as a result of the use of second hand tyres by motorists.”

He urged Nigerians to always comply with government regulations especially on those capable of sabotaging the nation’s economy like smuggling.