Illegal export, Customs Strike Force intercepts 97 containers of unprocessed wood, charcoal
* Arrests 7 suspects
*Records N7.9bn seizures
Seized containers of unprocessed wood
The Coordinator of Nigeria Customs Strike Force in Zone ‘A’, Lagos, Deputy Comptroller Ahmadu Shuaibu and his operations have prevented illegal exportation of large quantities of unprocessed wood and charcoal from the country by unpatriotic individuals.
The team acting on credible intelligence intercepted 61 containers of unprocessed wood and 36 containers of charcoal, even as seven suspects were arrested along with the seizures.
The team also made 103 seizures between October and November 2021, with a Duty Paid Value of (DPV) of N7, 851,656,053 billion (appropriate N7.9billion).
Taking reporters round the government warehouse at Ikorodu Lagos, were the items were displayed, DC Shuaibu disclosed that the 97 containers of unprocessed wood and charcoal are the single largest seizures made by any formation in the history of Nigeria Customs Service.
The Strike Force Coordinator explained that the 61 containers of unprocessed wood are valued at N6, 874,173,101 while the 36 containers of charcoal are valued at N381, 916,500.
Other seized items include 1,110. pieces of raw hides /skin in 185 sacks valued at N61,188,750. 1×20 ft container of batteries worth N19, 163,052; 4x40ft containers of second hand clothings worth N566, 700,000 and 1x20ft container of tomato paste comprising of 1,912 cartons worth N9,703.400.
In the same vein, DC Shuaibu through diligence made recovery of N4.2billion revenue for the Federal Government from Demand Notices (DNs), raised on under-payment for import and export activities within the period under review.
He revealed that some of the seized containers comprised of used clothings, even as he showed a container of motor batteries falsely declared as spare parts, as well as a container of Donkey skin, among others.
Responding to questions on the strategies behind the massive seizures, he commended his operatives for their doggedness and the hard work and officers at the ICT unit
Going further, DC Shuaibu said that some unpatriotic Nigerians are collaborating with foreigners on illegal smuggling of unprocessed woods and donkey skins/ hydes to middle East, to the detriment of Nigeria’s economy. He warned those culpable to desist from this illicit trade, or be ready to face the wrath of the law.
“We advise illicit traders in their own interest to desist from these illegal activities and embrace legitimate trade, because the more they violate the laws of the land, the more they have us to contend with. We must justify the confidence reposed on us by the Comptroller-General of Customs, CGC Hameed Ali, by protecting the nation’s economy from nefarious activities of smugglers.”