The head of the Zone ‘A’ Team of the CGC Strike Force, DC Ahmadu Shuaibu with his team at the press conference.
Story by Dili Utomi.
The Zone ‘A’ Unit of the Controller General of Customs Strike Force led by the assiduous and sagacious deputy controller of Customs, Ahmadu Shuaib has continued to decimate the activities of smugglers within its area of jurisdiction.
The Unit through the concerted and deliberate efforts of its officers had some goods that were positioned for export in contravention of the export prohibition guidelines intercepted; HS Codes 4101.2000.00 – 4108.9200.00 for donkey hides and skin and Schedule 6 of the Common External Tariff (CET) for unprocessed woods.
The containers of unprocessed woods on display.
In the course of the Unit’s duty, the following items were seized; 1,372 bags of foreign parboiled rice (25kg each), 5x20ft containers of unprocessed logs of wood, 2x40ft (12,500 pieces) containers of donkey hides and skin, 6x40ft & 1x20ft (3,891 sacks) containers of charcoal, 229 sacks of shoes, 167 pieces of used tyres and 1 unit of Mazda bus; with a cumulative duty paid value of N643,727,837.00.
Sample of the Donkey skin.
You may recall that about a month ago, the Unit under the able headship of DC Shuaib seized some Pangolin scales and claws and Elephant tusks worth a staggering #22.2 billion which were about to be smuggled out of the country by some foreigners with the tacit connivance of some local persons; that particular case is being prosecuted at the courts.
According to DC Shuaib, “The export prohibition guideline is in tandem with the Federal Government’s policies for the protection of endangered species, protection of the local economy and promotes the National Forest Policy that was approved by the Federal Executive Council; aimed at greatly assisting the nation’s sustainable management of its vast forest resources against deforestation”.
Containers of seized shoes.
It should also be noted that over #3 billion has been collected as revenue by the Unit since DC Shuaib resumed office and this is also a testament to the meticulous nature of the job carried out by the ICT department of the Unit.
The container of seized donkey skin.
He also appealed to importers and exporters to obey the extant laws guiding import and export in the country, but promised to continue to deal decisive blows to the business of smuggling. He continued to to extol the press for the wonderful job they carry out in informing and educating the populace generally about the terrible effects of smuggling.
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