The Nigeria Customs Service said it has seized fake and contraband goods worth over N120 million in July and August in its Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘C’ which covers Abia, Imo, Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi, Rivers, Edo, Delta and Akwa Ibom State.
This was disclosed by the zone’s Public Relations Officer, Jerry Attah, on Monday in Owerri, Imo State’s capital.
Attah quoted the zone’s Comptroller, Yusuf Lawal as saying the contraband goods were 130 bags of 50kg foreign rice valued N5.5 million, and 161 jumbo bales of used clothing valued N22.5 million.
Lawal said the fake goods were 2,181 cartons of foreign cosmetics products worth N76.3 million, 440 cartons of Artesunate Zensunate injection worth N8.6 million and foreign sweets worth N7.5 million.
He said the cosmetic products, Artesunate injection and sweets did not have NAFDAC registration number and that the cosmetics were 457 cartons of Simple Sensitive Skin Expert, 790 cartons of facial wash, 232 cartons of Carotone cream, 574 cartons of various brands of cosmetics and 128 cartons of Revlon Almay Goddess Gloss.
He said, “The cosmetics products, sweets and injection were intercepted on Okada-Benin Expressway, while the bales of used clothing were intercepted on the Enugu-Aba-Port-Harcourt expressway.”
Lawal, therefore, urged Nigerians to careful of fake and smuggled products which are hazardous to human health and the country’s economy. He further noted that the importation of foreign rice was against Federal Government’s agricultural policy and anyone caught smuggling it would face its consequences.
The comptroller said, “We urge Nigerians to confirm the quality of products before buying them because so many medicinal and cosmetic products are being smuggled into the country without NAFDAC number.
“Those that use non-NAFDAC certified cosmetic products stand the risk of skin cancer just as those who consume anti-malarial drugs without a NAFDAC number are toying with their lives.
“Our officers and men are fully prepared to face smugglers head-on. We will leave no stone unturned.”