About 201,600 tins of fake shoe polish of Kiwi brand, worth over N40m have been destroyed in Awka, the Anambra State capital.
The fake products were packed in a warehouse in Onitsha by undisclosed importers who were said to have ordered them from abroad for sales to members of the public and for distribution to other countries.
Loaded in three trucks, the products were taken to a dump site and set ablaze on the orders of Justice Bature Gafai of the Federal High Court, Awka.
According to the order, the fake products are to be destroyed in the presence of a court bailiff, the Police, officials of the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON), and the media.
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Addressing the press after the destruction of the products, the counsel to the franchise owners of the original shoe polish said the court, aside the destruction order of the fake products, also slammed two million naira cost of damages on the illegal importers to be paid to the court.
The franchise owners say the public destruction is to serve as a deterrent to others in illegal businesses.
The Nigerian Army has intercepted nine vehicles loaded with smoked
fish, smuggled into the country.
Operatives of Sector (II) Command of the Operation Lafiya Dole seized the items in Yunusari Local Government Area of Yobe State.
According to the Sector Commander, Brigadier General Ibrahim Sallau, the smugglers brought the contraband from Diffa in Niger Republic, enroute Hadejia in Jigawa State and concealed them in bags of cornshaft.
The items were eventually destroyed in Damaturu, the capital of Yobe State, in an exercise led by the Sector Commander.
The Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone C of the Nigeria Customs Service has seized 37 different items suspected to be contraband goods, with a total duty paid value of one hundred and seventy nine million naira.
Addressing reporters at the command headquarters in Owerri, the Imo State capital in south-east Nigeria, the Area Controller of FOU zone C, Mr David Dimka, said that the goods varying from car tyres, trucks, bags of cement, cartoons of frozen turkey and bale of second hand clothing were all seized at different locations within the zone.
The controller said the seizures was made possible by the support of the public who furnished the Nigeria customs with intelligent information about activities of the smugglers.
Dimka also appealed to members of the public to continue to provide adequate information to the Nigeria customs, to enable them fight the menace of smuggling.
Mr Dimka added that 18 suspects had been arrested in connection with the seizure and were awaiting trial in court.
He advised smugglers to stay clear of FOU zone C and all other zones in the country because men and officers of the Nigeria Customs Service have been trained and retrained with modern technologies to bring smuggling to its barest minimum.
To assert the Federal Government’s commitment to fighting smuggling in the country, the Federal Operations Unit of the Nigeria Customs Service Zone ‘C’ Owerri has impounded various contraband good items with duty paid value of N226, 496,810.
While taking journalist round the impounded items at their warehouse at the Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘C’ headquarters in Owerri the Imo State Capital, the Customs Area Controller Mr Victor Dimka disclosed that the seizures were intercepted at various locations within the area of coverage of the zone which spans the entire South-South and South-East states making it 11 states in total.
He added that most of the seizures were made on Eleme-Aba road.
According to Mr Dimka, he said their action is in line with the desire of the present leadership of the Nigeria Customs service whose main objective is to work tirelessly in fighting the ugly menace of smuggling and to make sure that if not totally eradicated, it should be completely reduced to its barest minimal.
And the mandate of the zone is to personally lead onslaught against smuggling before it ruins the economy of the nation.
He added that 9 of the smugglers have been arrested and are in detention.
If found guilty in court, they will be remanded in prison. He appealed to the members of the general public to support the Customs service by giving information about the smugglers and their activities.