Rice seized by custom in the South-east to be consumed by IDPs in the North-east

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130 bags of foreign rice recently confiscated by men of the Nigeria Custom Service in some South-east and South-south states will soon be taken to Internally Displaced Persons in the North-east.

This comes as the service reveals that its surveillance operations are being intensified to ensure total clampdown on those who are engaged in smuggling of goods through the nation’s land borders.

The comptroller, Federal operations unit of the service in charge of Zone C, Alhaji Bukar made this known in Owerri while displaying items worth hundreds of millions confiscated by his men in some South-east and South-south states under the command.

He said the Nigeria Custom Service has keyed into the new policy of the federal government on the ease of doing business but will not allow miscreants to sabotage the nation’s economy.

Alhaji Bukar said that over 130 50kg bags of foreign rice that were confiscated along Aba – Oron road linking Abia and Akwa Ibom state will be taken to Internally Displaced Persons camp in line with federal government’s directives.

The comptroller also displayed trucks loaded with fabrics, gas cylinders, sewing machines and tailoring materials with duty value of over NGN140m, stressing that the importers shortchanged the government by not declaring the actual contents.

“Along the roads, they have informants. If they see custom coming from afar, the informants will alert them. So, by the time we get there, we won’t see any of them. ”

He said.

“We are mindful of the federal government’s declaration on the ease of doing business and transparency, but we can’t because of such declaration allow importers to not pay the necessary fees before bringing their products into the country.

“This country needs money, and we will collect each and every Kobo that is accruing to this country.”

He added.

He said that owners of the goods have within 40 days to pay the actual duties or forfeit the items.

Alhaji Bukar stated that the service has concluded plans to sanction any clearing agency that engaged in sharp practices.

Frank Adeiza

Frank Adeiza is a reporter for ezeja News and is based in Enugu. Contact Frank at frank@ezeja.com.