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Customs seek forfeiture of N50m imported goods

Customs seek forfeiture of N50m imported goods

ABUJA: The Nigeria Customs Service Board has approached the Federal High Court in Lagos, seeking a forfeiture order on various illegally imported goods valued at N50,151,606. The goods were said to have been seized between April and June 2017. They include loads of fairly used clothes, shoes, bags, bed sheets, breakable plates; 7,163 bags of foreign parboiled rice, and 147 jerry cans of vegetable oil. The Customs also intercepted seven vehicles which values were not stated.

According to an ex parte application filed on Monday, August 14, by Mr. Shehu Bodinga, the Assistant Legal Adviser of the Nigeria Customs Service Board, Federal Operations Unit, Zone A, Ikeja, seven vehicles were also intercepted between April and June. Bodinga told Justice Abdulaziz Anka of the court that owners of the seized goods and vehicles had refused to show up to claim them, having realised their offense. He said the Presidency has directed the Customs to distribute part of the items to victims of Boko Haram insurgency living in the Internally Displaced Persons camp in the North-East.