A total of 27 containers have been confiscated by men of the Area 2 Command One of the Nigeria Customs Service in Rivers State over breach of the country’s laws and guidelines on imports.
The Area Comptroller, Baba Imam, disclosed this on Friday during a press conference at the Customs facility in Onne, Rivers.
Imam said 26 of the containers were seized while one was detained over infractions ranging from contraband goods, false declaration, lack of end-user certificate requirement, and National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control permit/licence, among others.
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Speaking at his first media engagement since taking the reins in December 2022, the customs boss informed the public that the seizures were made over the last three months.
He also took journalists on a tour of the storage facility where the seized containers and their contents were on display. Some of the recovered items included vegetable oil and fireworks, as well as syringes and medication which were restricted from importation from Onne.
“The containers comprised 26, and another one detained for violations or contravention of various Customs laws and breach of procedures as provided under the revised import prohibition guidelines.
“These seizures and detention were made based on infractions related to import guidelines, which include contraband goods, false declaration, end user certificate requirement from the office of the National Security Adviser, NAFDAC permit/licence among others in line with the Federal Government fiscal policies,” a statement by the command earlier revealed.