The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) Port Harcourt Region 1 Command said it had seized four consignments of illegally imported vegetable oil with a duty-paid value of N112.68 million.
The contraband included four containers containing 2,965 gallons of vegetable oil, the department said.
NCS Comptroller Ibrahim Muhammad disclosed the news at the Port Harcourt Command’s port terminal.
“Based on credible information, some contraband was found and investigations revealed that the containers were mainly vegetable oil hidden in tiles and some household appliances.
“In light of this, the four containers have been seized and investigations are ongoing. We know the agents are licensed and Customs can control their operations.
“One case of seizure has been duly reported while we await further reporting after the investigation has concluded,” he said.
The auditor general also said 481 packages of second-hand clothes, 700 packages of machetes and 107 packages of shovels were also among the confiscated items.
He explained that while some items such as vegetable oil and second-hand clothing were prohibited, shovels and machetes were impounded until an end-user certificate was provided by the security adviser’s office.
The Comptroller also said that the command’s total revenue in 2022 will be N92.32 billion, which is 12% higher than the N81.31 billion in 2021.
Mohamed attributed the increase in revenue to funds generated by Port Harcourt International Airport and excise duties from international breweries and Nigerian bottling companies.
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