The Comptroller General of Customs’ Strike Force Team has said it has intercepted 564 bales of textiles materials falsely declared as machinery, foreign parboiled rice, footwears and foreign bags worth N895m.
The Co-ordinator, CGC’s Strike Force, Zone A, Deputy Comptroller, Ahmadu Shuaibu while unveiling the seizure, on Wednesday said it also raised a debit note on falsely declared consignment worth N490m.
He explained that the unit generated a N1.42bn in the last four weeks from debit note and anti-smuggling activities.
Shuaibu, giving a breakdown of the seizure, stated that other items seized included 1,252 bags of smuggled foreign rice, 564 bales of falsely declared Ankara materials, 637 bales of foot wears and 30,256 pieces of foreign bags.
The coordinator, however, warned smugglers and importers of contrabands against the act as the unit would not allow them to turn the country into a dumping ground.
He also appealed to importers to make honest declarations always.
He said, “Importers and smugglers should not make Nigeria a dumping ground because these fabrics and footwears can be produced in Nigeria.
“We have textile industries employing huge number of Nigerians. If we keep on importing contrabands, then how do we want them to remain in business?”
He added, “These are what can be produced in Nigeria. We have hides and skin factories all around the country.
“In Aba, we have young boys doing very well producing footwears, bags that the Nigerian Army patronise them. So why do we need to import or smuggle what we can produce locally?”