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Nigeria Customs sets up panel to probe imported military wares

Comptroller General of Customs (CGC), Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd) has raised
an investigation panel to probe and bring to book the people connected with the
illegal importations of military wares.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Public Relations
Officer (PRO) of the Service, Mr. Joseph Attah, said in the last one month the
Nigeria Customs Service( NCS) Federal Operations Unit, Zone ‘C’, and Operatives
of Onne Area II Command in Port-Harcourt intercepted two 40 feet containers,
‘MRSU 3040288’ and ‘MRKU 4909151’ containing 15,632 military camouflages and
other items on July 27, and August 16, 2018.
Giving a breakdown, the
first container has 11 bales with each having 400 pairs of military camouflage
totalling 4,400 sets, while the second container has 620 sets of the uniform
and caps, 10,100 pieces of inner military T-Shirts and 512 pairs of military
jungle boots.
The NCS said the imports were contrary to Schedule 4(13)
of the ECOWAS Common External Tariff (CET) which falls under Absolute
Prohibition and Section 46(b) of Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA).
Col. Ali while inaugurating
the committees said, “even though preliminary investigations have led to the
arrest of five persons including the importer of both consignments, it is
imperative that a painstaking investigation is conducted to unravel all those
who are remotely connected to the criminal importations with a view to
punishing offenders and preventing reoccurrence.”
The probe panel is led by
Assistant Comptroller General (ACG) Sanusi Umar, the Zonal Coordinator Zone ‘C’
Headquarters, with five other members including NCS Legal Adviser, Barrister
T.K Wudapba.

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