Nigeria: Customs raises panel to probe 15,632 illegally imported military camouflages
London, August 29, 2018 (AltAfrica)-The Comptroller General of Customs (CGC), Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) has inaugurated a high powered investigation panel to conduct a thorough investigation to fish out those connected to the unholy importations of military hardware.
The Daily Trust reports that the Nigeria Customs Services (NCS) has in recent past seized several imports of military hardware that include military camouflages.
A statement by the Public Relations Officer (PRO), Deputy Comptroller Joseph Attah on Wednesday said in the last one month, 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.
From the breakdown, the first container has 11 bales with each having 400 pairs of military camouflage totalling 4,400 sets, 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.
Customs 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.