The Nigeria Customs Service Apapa Area Command has made seizures of 7×20 foots containers of ten thousand cartons of pirated books comprising various types of text books for junior and secondary schools.
It was reported that the seizures worth of N35 million also include S.A.T text, dictionaries, and novels by popular Nigerian author Chimananda Adichie.
The consignment according to the customs boss were imported from China and declared as Bibles with the intent of concealing their true identity.
The Customs area controller of Apapa area 1, Comptroller Adamu Yusuf Garko while speaking on the seizure reaffirmed the command resolve to protect the nation’s economy and security always by deploying all logistics and personnel of the command to forestall any attempt to smuggle, evade duty and under declare goods.
In his words “Our men are out to justify the trust and confidence reposed on us by not compromising our positions no matter the degree of blackmail and inducements which are antics of persons perpetrating illegality, “Garko said.
He also reiterated the need for all government agencies to work collectively towards achieving a common purpose as he executed the symbolic handing over of the seizure to the Director of Enforcement of the Nigeria Copyrights Commission, Mr Austin Amodu who was ably represented by the DG NCC.
Reaffirming his commitment, the Area Controller recently organised a stakeholder’s forum to sensitise operators at the port on the ills of smuggling, duty evasion and the need to prevent a situation where some person’s robbed the country of its revenue.
One person was said to have been arrested in connection with the seizure and released on bail.
Garko also warned unscrupulous importers to desist from their unwholesome activities as the consequence will be, not just the forfeiture of their goods but the full prosecution of culprits in a court of law.
It would be recalled that the Nigeria Customs Service has recently stepped up its anti-smuggling activities, in line with its decision to fully implement sections 47 and 48 of the Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA).