The Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone C Owerri, the Imo State capital, has impounded various contraband goods.
The goods include fake human and veterinary drugs, vehicles, second hand clothing, expired vehicle tyres, furniture and bags of rice.
While conducting newsmen round the seizures, the Area Comptroller of the FOU Zone C, Mr Victor Dimka, said that the seizures were made by his men after tip off by their strategic partners in the zone, consisting of all the South-South and South-East states.
Mr Dimka said that the total cumulative duty paid value for all the seizures is over 250 million naira.
Director of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in Imo State, David West, who received the fake drugs from the Customs on behalf of the DG of NAFDAC, advised consumers to be conscious of the products they consume and report any issue relating to fake products in the market.
Impounded goods include over 1700 cartoons of fake and unregistered human and veterinary drugs with cumulative duty paid value of 141 million naira, 182 impounded vehicles, 160 bales of second hand clothing, 192 pieces of used vehicle tyres, furniture and bags of imported rice.
12 persons including a pregnant woman were confirmed dead in two separate auto crashes which occurred at about 8 o’clock on Monday night in Igbado town along the Ondo-Ore Expressway.
One of the accidents involved a truck loaded with plantain with registration number LAGOS XA 200 GND going to Lagos and an 18-seater Toyota Hiace bus with registration number OSUN XD 982 GNN heading towards Ondo town in the opposite direction.
Several occupants of the vehicles were burnt beyond recognition while others sustained various degrees of injuries.
Commenting on the incident, the Ondo town unit Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Mr. Gabriel Folawe who supervised the rescue operation informed Channels Television that he got a distress call concerning the incident in his office at about 8.30pm in the evening of yesterday and immediately rushed there to rescue the victims.
The second accident which occurred along the same route few hours later, involved a truck loaded with liquor drinks that veered off the road while four other vehicles were crushed.
The Joint Task Force (JTF), operation restore order in Maiduguri North-East Nigeria on Friday handed over two stolen but recovered vehicles to their owners.
Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa, the JTF spokesman in Borno State told Channels Television in Maiduguri that based on intelligent reports, JTF raided the Muna area and made the arrest.
Colonel Sagir said the stolen vehicles Toyota Highlander Jeep with registration number BJ 668 RSH as well as a Honda Hala Car with registration number AL 394 JMT.
According to him, the jeep was stolen in Maiduguri Metropolis while the Honda was stolen at the premises of a Bank in Gulak of Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa state and used for the recent attack on the Gulak police station.
He said the Jeep was recovered within Maiduguri metropolis while the Honda was recovered at one of the JTF road blocks at Dambua road, Maiduguri.
Colonel Sagir further said that the owners have met all the requirements for the release of the vehicles.
He then urged the general public to join hands towards s reducing criminality in the state and the nation as a whole, he assured that JTF will continue to work assiduously towards a crime free society.
The number of vehicles imported into the country is expected to witness an 86 per cent increase from the number imported in February.
Figures released by the Nigerian Ports Authority on Thursday revealed that a total of 8,126 vehicles are expected this month and of this number, 3,126 are used vehicles indicating that more Nigerians are now buying new vehicles.
The total figure is higher by 480 when compared with 7,646 vehicles imported last month.
Dealers attribute the increase between last month and this month to the approval of the 2012 budget by the National Assembly.
The shipping position also revealed that 6,946 vehicles were delivered at the Lagos ports between February 1 and 29, 2012.
The statement also indicated that the remaining vehicles would be delivered in 18 ships.