IKOM: CUSTOMS SEIZES AMMUNITIONS WORTH N386m IN CROSS RIVER

Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone C of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has discovered 5,200 live cartridges in a commercial vehicle along the Nwezenyi-Ikom Road, Cross River State.⁣

Comptroller of the unit, Yusuf Lawal, while addressing newsmen yesterday in Owerri, Imo State, said the unit made the discovery on December 13, 2020, adding that the ammunition were concealed with other contrabands and household items in a Toyota Sienna vehicle marked: DKA 237 DW.⁣

Lawal disclosed that the contrabands, with a duty paid value (DPV) of N378.7m, were seized between November 23, 2020 and December 27, 2020.⁣

Customs Public Relations Officer (PRO), Jerry Attah, said in a statement that the unit through its interventions recovered N7.5m from demand notices on general goods that were being diverted from the nation’s seaports.⁣

“The goods were being conveyed under false declaration, transfer of value, and shortchanging in duty payment to Federal Government coffers, amounting to N386.3m in the month under review.”⁣

Giving a summary of seizures and detentions from November 23 to December 27, 2020, Attah said the items comprised 1, 215 units of foreign parboiled rice valued at N36.4m, 5,200 cartridges worth N36.4m, four vehicles worth N221m and 38 jumbo bales of used clothes valued at N3m.⁣

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