“We want to make it clear to these Economic saboteurs and their accomplices that customs do not negotiate with smugglers”.
This was categorically stated as the Customs Area Controller of Western Marine Command of the Nigerian Customs Service, Controller Boyilila Binga on Thursday in Apapa, Lagos at the Premises.
Rolling out the quantity of the seized goods to journalists at the press conference today in which the CAC said the items are “four hundred and thirty three (433) bags of 50kg foreign parboiled rice, bags of secondhand clothes, bags of secondhand shoes, buffalo Horns, Bales of foreign fabrics, bales of Mopol, Police, lmmigration and Navy Uniforms, Machetes, Tramadol and three thousand (3000) empty kegs.
According to the Binga while speaking to Ebony Herald International, these items cost a total duty paid value (DPV) of Sixty One Million, Six Hundred and Eleven Thousand, Nine Hundred and Twenty Five Naira (#61, 611,925.00). Adding that kegs is been used by smugglers to store fuel back to their destination to sell.
Stating that the Western Marine Command officers were able to make these huge seizures at the Badagry high sea and at different locations with Ten officers onboard in a going Vessel for a period of one month.
The vessels which was launched into the high Sea for its first operation on the 23rd of October 2019 with a name ‘Customs Pride which was recently commission by Federal Government through The Customs Controller General Col. Hameed Ali few months back.