April 19, 2024

Ejibunu Takes Hardline Measures Against Smuggling, Other Economic Sabotage

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Ejibunu Takes Hardline Measures Against Smuggling, Other Economic Sabotage

…Enumerates Customs Progress in Fight with Anti-State Actors

By Ebenezer William

Comptroller Hussein Kehinde Ejibunu of Federal Headquarters Operation Unit Zona A, declares huge profit on the part of the Nigeria Customs Service against the activities of smugglers and other criminal elements who try to short-changed the Federal government of Nigeria.
“Gentlemen of the Press, Let me use this medium to thank the officers and men of the Federal Operations Unit Zone A, for their hard work and dedication to duty, and other security agencies for their coordinated efforts, support and cooperation towards some of the successes recorded by this Unit in the preceding year, 2023.

” In a like manner, I also appreciate the patriotism of compliant importers, exporters and agents for their compliance with the Service’s extant procedures and regulations; I urge you to keep it up.Smuggling is a crime that has to do with; the act of false declaration and concealment of goods, the use of unapproved routes and ports for the exportation or importation of goods, forging of Customs documents, willful under-payment of Customs duties, and trafficking in prohibited or restricted goods among others”.

” The impact of smuggling has very serious repercussions on the economy, the environment, health and security. Thus, to restrain this trend of illegal commercial activities, there is a need for collaboration and strong partnerships with other critical stakeholders through the sharing of information and intelligence. In a continuous and renewed vigour to fight smuggling, we activated an enhanced intelligence gathering and information sharing mechanism, and were able to identify some new smuggling hot spots and schemes employed by smugglers”.

“This strategy yielded 60 seizures worth a total duty paid value of N854,156,712. The following major seizures were recorded within January 2024.3,653 X 50kg bags of foreign parboiled rice (equivalent to 6.5 trailer loads)23,025 litres of PMS241 bales of used clothes1,490 kg of Indian Hemp1,220 cartons of foreign tomato paste983 pieces of used tyres104 units of Haojuo motorcycles556 cartons of slippers11 units of used vehicles The status of these goods was found to have contravened different sections of the Customs Act (2023), while some were expired at the time of importation; others flaunted the import statutory guidelines”.

“A total of ten suspects were arrested in connection with some of the goods. On revenue recovery, the sum of N83,141,803.60 was generated through documentary checks and issuance of demand notices on consignments that were found to have been short-paid. The general public is encouraged to be aware of the consequences of smuggling and its harmful effects; because it is this awareness that would help to reduce the demand for smuggled goods and discourage individuals from participating in smuggling “.

“Having established the fact that smuggling is a crime which affects the general wellbeing of the nation; it becomes compelling for all patriotic citizens to join the enforcement and regulatory agencies to curb the menace of smuggling. Thank you for listening”.

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