Customs FOU seizes expired seasoning, others

The Nigeria Customs Service says its Federal Operations Unit Zone A in July 2022 intercepted contraband including 34,725 liters of smuggled petrol, 12 trailers of rice, 201 cartons of expired seasoning (Chicken Cubes) with a duty paid value of N537.480 million.

The Controller of the Unit, Deputy Comptroller Hussein Ejibunu, stated this in Ikeja, Lagos on Wednesday August 4, 2022.

Ejibunu noted that the seizures were in furtherance to its commitment at enforcing government’s laws and policies aimed at safeguarding the nation’s economy as well as its citizens health.

He added that N24,957,351.71 was collected following the issuance of demand notices to importers/agents found to have short paid their duties.

Other items seized were 7,261 bags of 50kg foreign parboiled rice(equivalent to 12 trucks load), 600 bags of basmati rice (5kg each), 34,725 liters of petroleum motor spirit (PMS), 39 bales of used clothes, 225 pieces of used tyres, 201 cartons of expired seasoning (Chicken Cubes).

331 cartons of frozen poultry, six units of used imported cars, 2,634 cartons of slippers/shoes, 900 pairs of used shoes, 42 units of used motorcycles.

The Controller said ” In furtherance to our commitment at enforcing government’s laws and policies, aimed at safeguarding the nation’s economy as well as its citizens health. This Unit had intercepted some goods that are of health and safety concerns.

“A misplaced priority as demonstrated in the use of hard earned forex for the
importation of expired seasonings (Chicken Cubes), used clothes, shoes and tyres is not only injurious to the economy, but also a despicable act by some desperate importers to make monetary gains at the detriment of other peoples’ health.

“Let me use this medium to remind you that poultry products remain a prohibited item under the import list, because of its attending health and economic
implications. It may interest you to know that the federal government in her wisdom banned the importation of poultry products so as to support the growth of our domestic poultry farms, and to protect them from foreign competition.

“Secondly, it was discovered that in the process of transporting these products,
some hazardous chemicals are applied to help in preserving the products; since its
frozen state of being cannot be sustained till it reaches the final consumers. This
act calls for public concern as it could be a source of different ailments and
diseases.

“Perhaps, there is no Nigerian family that has not been affected by either an accident caused by a substandard or used tyre, skin diseases or cancers, and many
more; as a result of patronage to prohibited imported products into the country. While we collectively sympathize with those that are affected by this menace, we are also calling on patriotic citizens to cooperate with the Customs Service and other law enforcement agencies to stamp it out.

“You may recall that, some weeks ago, Nigerians had to pay more for premium
motor spirit (PMS) amidst scarcity. Despite the fact that the federal government
had subsidized the product for local consumption, many Nigerians still passed
through this hardship; partly because some unscrupulous citizens choose to satisfy their egoistic desires by smuggling the products into the Republic of Benin;
some of which were along the border corridors.”

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