Customs arrests Chinese with N493.5m tusks, pangolin shells

Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone A in Lagos, has arrested a Chinese, Mr. Ko Sin Ying, in connection with sacks of elephant tusks and pangolin shells valued at N493.5 million. The items were seized in an apartment at Ikeja. Its Comptroller, Mohammed Uba Garba, said yesterday that the 55 sacks of pangolin shells weighed 2001 kilogrammes and was valued at N408.32 million. He also explained that the 218 pieces of elephant tusks impounded at the apartment weighed 343 kilogrammes and was valued at N85.2 million. According…

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Customs seizes 3,623 cartons of tramadol, others

Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Apapa Area Command yesterday seized 3,623 cartons of tramadol and other dangerous drugs laden in four containers. The containers were imported by Villa Gold Pharmacy from India. The pharmaceutical products with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of over N110 million were seized at the Lagos Port Complex. The Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Mr Jibrin Musa said in Lagos that the containers were impounded between February 6 and 7, 2017.   He said that a suspect was apprehended along with the seizure and had been granted administrative bail…

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Customs plans uniform value for imported vehicles

13,680 vehicles imported in 2 months As importation of vehicles is on the increase in the last two months, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) intends to introduce a uniform value on vehicles imported into the country, New Telegraph has learnt. This, according to information, is part of efforts to curb diversion to neighbouring ports and under-declaration at the various ports and borders. Already, the service has set up a committee comprising three deputy comptrollers general and three members of the Association of Nigerian License Customs Agents (ANLCA) to develop a…

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Customs seizes N1.4bn exotic vehicles, arrests 10

…impounds 6,444 bottles of Indian whisky declared as yeast Officials of the Anti- Smuggling Unit, Zone A, Lagos, Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) have apprehended 10 smug-glers and impounded 31 exotic vehicles worth N1.4 billion. Also seized are 6,444 bottles of Indian whisky falsely declared as yeast packed in 537 cartons and other contraband. The 537 cartons of Indian whisky were valued at N33.89 million. The Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone ‘A’ of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), says the intercepted contraband have a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N1.70 billion…

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PHOTOS: Customs arrest 10, seize N1.61bn exotic vehicles, others

Ten smugglers are in the custody of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS)’s anti-smuggling unit, Zone A in Lagos in connection with N1.61billion exotic vehicles, 6,444 bottles of Indian whisky packed in 537 cartons and other contraband. The Controller of the unit, Comptroller Mohammed Uba, said that the 31 vehicles were valued at N1.4billion were illegally imported into the country through the land border. He explained that some of the vehicles were evacuated at Parkview Estate, Victoria Island, Ahjahi  Bankole Crescent, Ikeja and Tola Adewumi Street, Maryland, Lagos. ………..Details later  

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Senators, Customs CG clash over protocol

Melaye: You disrespect Senate   Ali: I don’t need to receive you specially     The lingering feud between the Senate and the Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Col Hammed Ali (rtd), resurfaced yesterday, as senators and the CG engaged in a verbal punching on failure of the latter to accord the former anticipated protocol. The face-off between the two ‘enemies’ began when the Senate Ad-hoc Committee on Economic Waste in the Nigeria Customs Service paid an oversight visit to the Customs headquarters in Abuja.   The feud…

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Customs condemn smugglers’ use of humans as shield

 Say pregnant woman in Ogun not shot   The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) has condemned what it described as new antics by smugglers to use unsuspecting members of the public as a shield to evade arrest and avoid their wares from being lawfully seized. Recent clashes with suspected smugglers taking cover in the midst of people in parts of Lagos and Ogun resulting in death in Lagos and injuries sustained by a pregnant woman in Ogun State from bullet shells have been condemned by members of the society. Reacting to…

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Customs’ predicament over intellectual property fraud

 Lack of relevant training by Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to hunt importers of pirated books and audio visual materials from Asian countries has affected intellectual property in the country. BAYO AKOMOLAFE reports For the past six years, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) have been battling smugglers over incessant importation of pirated books from India, China and other Asian countries. Despite efforts by the two agencies of government, only 28 shipping containers have been confiscated from 2011 to the first quarter of 2017. Records by the…

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Customs surpass 2017 revenue target by N10bn

  Says no hiding place for smugglers at Yuletide, duty evaders In the face of declining imports and reduced volume of trade, Nigeria Customs Service has collected above its 2017 target of N770,573,730,490 by N10 billion ahead of the year end. This came as the Assistant Controller General of Customs and Zonal Coordinator in-charge of Zone A, Aminu Dahiru said there will be no hiding place for evaders of customs duty who smuggle in vehicles for sale in car shops as operatives are out to ensure that such smuggled vehicles…

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Customs seizes N27m contraband in Ogun

Ogun State Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) intercepted smuggled goods worth N27million within a week. The state NCS Comptroller, Sani Madugu, disclosed in Abeokuta while briefing journalists on the seizure of 602 bags of imported parboiled rice, conveyed in a truck belonging to a cement company. Madugu also displayed two smuggled vehicles – Lexus RX Jeep and Hyundai Veracrus Jeep; 800 pairs of foreign footwear, 100 pieces of imported school bags, 100 cartons of mosquito repellant, 50 kegs of vegetable oil and 19 used tyres. The comptroller explained…

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