Customs Nab Syndicate That About To Import 600 Vehicles From Benin With Fake Documents


LAGOS MARCH 8TH (NEWSRANGERS)-The Federal Operations Unit, Zone A of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Tuesday said its officials have busted and arrested a two-man syndicate who specializes in forging Customs clearing documents.

This is even has the Unit revealed that as at the time of arrest, the syndicate were set to bring in over 600 vehicles into Nigeria from Benin Republic.

Addressing newsmen in Lagos on Tuesday, acting Controller of the Federal Operations Unit, Zone A, Hussein Ejibunu explained that the syndicate were arrested while in possession of fake Customs valuation stamp, fake Customs Duty Chart Book on vehicles amongst other documents.

According the Customs acting Controller, “Smuggling is an unpatriotic act and a crime that can lead perpetrators to jail.

“I8 suspects were arrested in connection with some of these offenses in February 2023, and are at different stages of Investigation and prosecution.

“Notable among the wares seizad In february 2023 for non compliance with the extant Customs laws are: “5,328 by 50kg bags of foreign parbolled rice (equivalent to 9 trailer loads);
“1 by 40 ft container sald to contain 512 cartons of generators (on detention for false declaration).

“1 by 40 ft container said to contain 2,298 cartons of half gasoline engines (on detention for false declaration);
“29,875 liters of premium motor spirit (PMS); 283 cartons of foreign frozen poultry products; 75 kilograms of cannabis sativa; 5S units of foreign-used vehicles; and 1 by 40ft container said to contain charcoal meant for export.

“These goods have a total duty paid value of N501,460,875.

“The effects of smuggling these wares have a very significant negative impact on our economy. These include loss of revenue, distortion of market prices, and collapse of local industries. Thus, all patriotic citizens are to join the fight against economic sabotage.

“Also, in continuation of our onslaught against smuggling and economic saboteurs, this Unit made a major breakthrough in the bursting and arrest of a two-man syndicate that forge Customs clearing documents.



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