Customs Service intercepts goods worth N22.3bn

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has intercepted pangolin scales and elephant tusks worth N22.3 billion in Lagos.

The Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd.), said on Wednesday that the pangolin scales (196 sacks) weighed 17,137.44 kilograms; elephant tusks, 870.44 kilograms and pangolin claws, 4.60 kilograms.

Ali added that the seized items were evacuated at a location on eastern side of Ijeoma Street, Lekki, Lagos State, after proper examination.

He pointed out that three suspects had been arrested in connection with the seizure.

He said NCS’s extensive collaboration yielded credible intelligence that triggered swift and comprehensive actions by the Customs Intelligence Unit and Headquarters Strike Force.

According to him, the seizure is in line with Section 63 “e” and “g” of Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA), Cap 45 LFN 2004 as amended.

He added that it fell under Export prohibition schedule VI of the extant Common External Tariff, which prohibited their exportation.


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