Operatives of the Comptroller General of Customs Strike Force, Zone A, have intercepted N643 million worth of poisonous donkey hides and skin, charcoal and wood positioned for export in Lagos.
All the seizures were stored in a warehouse in Apapa and were at the verge of being moved into the port for export.
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Showcasing the seizures at the customs export terminal in Ikorodu, the Controller, CGC Strike Force, Zone A, Ahmadu Shuaibu, said those behind the illegal storage took to their heels on sighting the customs team.
The service seized 1,372 bags of foreign rice, five containers of unprocessed logs, two containers of donkey hides and skin (12,500 pieces), seven (3,891 sacks) containers of charcoal, 229 sacks of shoes, 167 pieces of used tyres and one Mazda bus, with a cumulative duty paid value of N643.7m.
Reacting to the alleged attempt by smugglers to cash in on the Ember months to flood the nation’s market with smuggled items, Shuaibu said more men had been deployed to policy the country’s water and land borders.