Bearly two days after Federal Government launched her gunboats after the closure of the border, smuggling actives remain high on the increased at the entrance of Lagos water ways.
Speaking to journalists in Apapa, Lagos at the Premises of Western Marine Command of Nigerian Customs Service during a press briefing, the Customs Area Controller Boyilila Binga said with the help of intelligent tip off they learnt that a huge load of frozen poultry products entered the country through the entrance to Lagos water ways.
According to the CAC of the Command, about one thousand cartons were seized last week at the same point, while another three thousand two hundred and one cartons were seized again. Adding that the smugglers are bringing them in Baches through the Lagos Beach.
Why answering questions from the journalists. CAC Binga said that the seizure which was made on the 13th of September 2019 is valued at twenty four million two hundred seven thousands and five hundred naria. (N24,207, 500.00)
While the duty paid value is thirty two million four hundred and ten thousand one hundred and twenty five naira (N32,410,125,00). Alongside the duty which is Eight Million Four hundred and two thousand six hundred and twenty five thousand naria (8,402,625,00)
The CAC while reaffirming his commitment toward the fight against smuggling activities in the high sea said immediately his team got the interligent information they went into action and cut them 15.hrs, but the suspects dive into water and could not be apprehended. Adding that with the collaboration of some other government agencies like National Administration of Food and Drugs Agency.
“We will continue to burn this turkey because they are very dengerous for human consumption. It has chemicals that is poisonous to the body.
Before now Binga has stressed that those
Smugglers patronizing the Nigeria water ways should get ready for their worst days as officers and men of the Nigeria customs service are battle ready to combat smuggling activities on the Nigeria water ways.
The Service has on Thursday last week launched two gunboats to strengthen its anti smuggling activities on the nation’s waters.
Speaking at the commissioning ceremony, the controller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali disclosed that whenever smugglers face stiff enforcement by Customs anti-smuggling operatives on the land, they turn to the waterways to carry out their illegal trade and Nigeria’s quest for non-oil revenue is largely dependent on the Service to fight smuggling and bring it to the barest minimum.