The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Western Marine Command, has said the command made a seizure of over N110 million in the last
Briefing newsmen on Tuesday, the Customs Area Comptroller OA Salefu stated that the command made the seizure between February and the month of March 2023.
The seizures according to him include 1519 bags of foreign parboiled rice with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N85 million, 468 kegs of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) worth N2,187,900.00, 700 pairs of foreign used shoes, N5, 641034, 145 pieces of expired foreign used tyres worth N1,856, 000, including three outboard boat engines and water pumping machine worth N4,851,000 and 88 cartons of Caro white cream with DPV of N10,560,000.
Salefu stated that in line with the responsibilities conferred on the NCS by the provisions of the Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA) Cap C45 laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria LFN 2004 as amended, the
Western Marine Command (WMC) continues to suppress smuggling along the South-western waterways and creeks.
He added that all actions of the operatives are in line with the provisions of Sections 149(Power to search vehicles/ship) and 158(Power to patrol freely) of the Customs and Excise Management Act(CEMA) Cap C45 LFN 2004 as amended.
He said “for the avoidance of doubt, the Importation of foreign parboiled rice HS Code 1006.30.1000 is restricted in Nigeria by the Federal government since March 2016 and any improper importation of foreign rice contrary to
allowed trade route restriction is liable to forfeiture further to section 46 of the Customs and Excise Management Act(CEMA) Cap C45 LFN 2004 as amended.
Speaking further, he said “any improper importation or exportation of PMS HS Code 2710.12.4000 and 2710.12.5000 across land borders and waterways in Nigeria contrary to allowed trade route restriction is liable to forfeiture further to section 46 (forfeiture of good improperly imported) and section 63 (forfeiture of good improperly exported) of Customs and Excise Management Act(CEMA) Cap C45 LFN 2004 as amended” he said.
On the seizures, the CAC informed that the Western Marine Command in the period under review, which is January to March, 2023, recorded 15 incidences of seizures that had a cumulative Duty Paid Value of One Hundred and Ten Million, One Hundred and Ninety-Five thousand, Nine Hundred and Thirty-Four Naira, Fifty
He said the command also arrested five suspects who have been granted administrative bail pending when charges will be proffered against them in court.
Salefu also noted that the Western Marine Command on the 28 of March 2023 and the 3rd of April received in addition to its fleet of boats four additional operational boats consisting of two gun boats and two logistics boats from NCS headquarters.
He urged smugglers to abandon economic sabotage and unlawful trade to embrace legitimate trade as WMC will not rest on its oars to rid the Creeks/Waterways of illegal trade practices and will continue to enforce Federal laws and policy restrictions.