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Customs: N100m scrap metals, thick wood intercepts

Customs: N100m scrap metals, thick wood intercepts

Customs: N100m scrap metals, thick wood intercepts

The Comptroller General of Customs Compliance team has intercepted eight containers of scrap metals worth N100 million at the Apapa Port, Lagos.

The seizure followed the alarm raised by the federal government on the menace posed by the exportation of scrap metals by unscrupulous persons.
The CGC’s squad also intercepted a container of prohibited unprocessed thick wood. The two products are often exported to Italy and China for processing after which they are brought back to the country as finished products.
Scrap metals and thick wood have been under export prohibition for years.
Scrap metals when processed abroad find their ways back to the country as vehicle doors and fenders used by automobile manufacturers at a very high cost.
The special team was said to have been trailing those behind the export until a unit led by one Chief Superintendent Bello smashed the gang while heading to the Lagos Port for onward loading into a waiting vessel.
The nine containerized scraps, and thick wood in conjunction with their means of conveyance are now warehoused at the Federal Operations Unit in Lagos.
The scrap metals were being ferried from Sagamu through Ikorodu, with the drivers of the trailers unaware that they were being monitored by operatives of the compliance team, while those behind the unprocessed thick wood were coming from Ogere in Ogun State.
Sources revealed that there are some Chinese firms who procure the product from farmers in Ijebu Ode axis for onward movement to the Apapa Port for export.
The thick wood when processed find their way to Nigeria as finished state-of-the-art doors, and sold at exorbitant price.
It was learnt that there is no Insurance freight on such exports, and the felling of such trees for logs has aggravated the menace of deforestation in the country.
The Minister of Mines and Steel, Dr. Kayode Fayemi on July 12 this year alerted the Comptroller-General of Customs, to the illegal exportation of scrap metals. According to him, the federal government has taken several steps to encourage the processing of metals “and currently, we have over 20 companies operating in the sector converting scrap metals into iron rods for construction industry giving many jobs to Nigerians and providing necessary skills’.

In 2004, several officers including a Deputy Comptroller of Customs were sacked at the Tin Can Island Command’s Port Enforcement Unit for aiding and abetting in the illegal exportation of thick wood. They had connived with the wood exporter who was paying money into their bank account to facilitate the fraudulent business.

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