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Nigeria Customs Seizes Smuggled Goods Worth N107 Million in 28 Days



Customs Seize goods Bella Naija

Ikeja (NAN) – The Customs Federal Operations Unit (F.O.U.), Zone ‘A’ Ikeja , says it intercepted 336 units of smuggled goods valued at N107 million between July 13 and Aug. 9.

In a statement on Friday in Lagos, Usman Turaki, Acting Controller of the unit, said 19 suspects were being interrogated in connection with the seizures.

Turaki said that the seized goods had a payable duty of N42.94 million with a duty paid value of N150.45 million.

He advised smugglers to channel their resources to more meaningful ventures instead of smuggling.

According to him, the seizures include seven trucks of jumbo bales of textile materials impounded from a warehouse in Oshodi.

Turaki said that on July 21, the Oyo Patrol Team of the unit intercepted two trucks loaded with 1,737 bags of smuggled rice on Basi-Iseyin Road.

He said the Duty Payable Value (DPV) of the rice was N11.10 million, adding that over 2,000 cartoons of smuggled foreign poultry products were also intercepted on the Lagos- Abeokuta Expressway.

The controller said that the unit had identified some flashpoints and had mounted aggressive patrol activities to ensure that all flanks were blocked.

“I am advising smugglers in the South West to relocate or else they would face the full wrath of the law,” he said.

Turaki said that genuine importers or their representatives would always enjoy the support of the unit to facilitate legitimate trade in line with global best practices. 

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  1. chi-e-z

    August 17, 2014 at 12:16 am

    Wait but why are these materials being smuggled is it so hard to get these goods through a certified carrier or are there sanctions on these goods within Nigeria or is there a small holder only allowed to import these goods. We need more information right now I’m forced to go on the smugglers side knowing how loop-sided Nigerian government can be when it comes to having fair importing and distribution rules. These folks just seem like people trying to make a living consequently reducing prices by creating a competitive market for consumers.

    • Chido

      August 17, 2014 at 12:42 pm

      One of the reason why people smuggle goods is importation cost. I strongly believe smuggling in wrong and shouldn’t be done under any circumstance but like you said we need details on this issue. Good point (y)

    • Akwanwa

      August 17, 2014 at 12:45 pm

      What Nig custom didn’t state here is dat dey are contraband goods so there’s no way duty can be paid on dem, especially the material, if dey are smuggled thru land border like Seme, so I guess dats why some of dem result to smuggling

  2. @edDREAMZ

    August 17, 2014 at 12:36 am

    This is really serious bcos the money been mentioned is just too much and i dont think any guds is been smuggled but a way to punish someone i guess…..

  3. anita

    August 17, 2014 at 7:59 am

    #sad#….. gross

  4. They’ll now quietly auction them & share d money. Welldone!

  5. O g o

    August 17, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Then what would happen to the seized goods later?

    • Kili

      August 17, 2014 at 9:55 pm


  6. sandra

    August 17, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Now for the sharing to begin by the customs people among themselves, their oga will get the biggest share! Make una fear God O!

  7. iba

    August 17, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    thats alot of money sha

  8. Haris

    August 18, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    why govt collect 40% to 50% duty, if they charge 15% to 18% custom duty people will import officially and goverment can benifit in billions of Naira.

  9. kassy dameji

    August 19, 2014 at 12:12 am

    Anothet bunch of tivs.contraband my foot.they will nw sell or share d goods May God punish those costums frm taking food out of d mouth of orders Who spent months to rise 100000 or above to better their lives n those BASTARDS steal it frm them.N may God punish our so called leaders for nt for EVERY of our woes.

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