Customs seize smuggled generators

FILE PHOTO: Nigerian Customs Services bust a smuggling chain

FILE PHOTO: Nigerian Customs Services bust a smuggling chain

A truck loaded with 1,533 cartons of smuggled generators popularly known as “I better pass my neighbor ” has been seized by the Headquarters Compliance Team of the Nigeria Customs, Ogun Axis.

The Team Leader, Assistant Comptroller Shittu Almaruf, made the disclosure in a statement made available to newsmen on Saturday in Lagos.

Almaruf said that the seizures were made on May 19, along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

“Similarly, the team in another operation intercepted a bus along the Sagamu-Ijebu-Ode Expressway, loaded with 542 cartons of foreign frozen poultry products,” Almaruf added.

Almaruf said that his squad was saddled with the responsibility of enforcement of the fiscal policies of the Federal Government with regard to trade, in conjunction with other anti-smuggling arms of the NCS.

He said that after the seizures were made, the truck was taken to the Customs House in Abeokuta, alongside the mini-bus conveying the frozen poultry products, where 100 percent examination was conducted.

“The items were subjected to 100 percent examination to ascertain the quantity of items seized; following which they were converted to seizures in line with Sections 46 & 47 of the Customs Management Act, Cap 45 LFN,” Almaruf said.

He said that the team was devising other means of ensuring that the activities of smugglers were curtailed.

Almaruf further said that the team had been taking anti-smuggling campaign to all nooks and crannies of Ogun.

Giving reasons for seizure of the generators, he said that the “Nigeria Customs is merely enforcing a law which emanated from a memo of the Federal Ministry of Environment advising the Government on the health implication”.

“This ban came into effect on April 28, 2011, and was officially gazetted in May of the same year.

“You will recall that the Federal Government gazette No 47 Volume 98, stated categorically that the purpose …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper