By DAPO OLAWUNI
The Onne Area 2 Command of the Nigeria Customs Service on Tuesday announced that it has intercepted a total of 26 containers out of which two containers laden with Analgin Injection, fireworks and other items with Duty Paid Value of ₦94,652,168.39.
The total duty paid value of the 26 seized containers stands at ₦94,652,168.39
This is even as the Onne Area 2 Controller, Comptroller B. Iman during a press conference at Onne Port, Rivers State stated that the command between January and March has generated ₦54,992,123,687.15.
According to him, this represents 16.3% of the total revenue target of
N336 Billion given to the command as revenue target for year 2023.
Giving a breakdown of the seizure he said two containers laden with 1,165 cartons of Analgin injection and Fireworks with other items. i.e (286 cartons of Analgin injection I.M.V) (2/5g/5ml) (Based on contravention of revised import prohibition guideline) (210 cartons of Banga, 273 cartons of W.Tail, 216 cartons of Coloured flowers, 180 cartons of Pops) (Based on absence of End user certificate).
The Controller assured that the seized cartons of Analgin injection will be handed over to NAFDAC in the spirit of interagency collaboration.
The remaining Twenty-Four (24) containers seized by the command were laden with refined vegetable oil comprising a total of 24,860 gallons of 25 and 10 litres La-Jonic vegetable oil. i.e (19,800 gallons of 25 litres and 5,060 gallons of 10 litres) with duty paid value of ₦833,172,538.42. (Based on false declaration and contravention of Schedule 3 Article 4 of C.ET)
“Similarly, One 20 ft container of machete was detained on documentation grounds pending provision of End user Certificate.
Gentlemen of the press, we cannot but underscore the necessity and imperativeness of synergy, collaboration and intelligence sharing, as the above seizures were made purely with intelligence gathered and 100% physical examination”
“Nevertheless , I want to state here that investigation is still ongoing through our legal/intelligent unit to arrest the culprits and bring them to book as soon as possible.
It is worthy of note that importation of certain controlled items like Fireworks and machete requires End-User Certificate which is under the purview of the Office of the National Security Adviser, such importations without the Certificate are to be seized and forfeited to the Nigerian Government.
“The federal Government bans the Importation of refined vegetable oil in order to promote local production by our local industries, which in turn creates employment for Nigerians and to boost foreign exchange through export of such products.
“The seized containers would be filed for condemnation at the federal High Court Port Harcourt and shall subsequently be forfeited to the Federal Government” he said