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August 17, 2018

How Nigerian Customs confiscate another container load of military camouflage in Rivers state

The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) has intercepted another container load of military camouflage in Rivers state barely three weeks after it made a similar seizure in the state.

The assistant comptroller general of customs, Zone C, Port Harcourt, Sanusi Umar, on Thursday, August 16, disclosed that about 620 sets of military uniforms and 10,100 military T-shirts among others, were seized by operatives of the customs area II command Onne, in Eleme local government area of Rivers state.

The comptroller said a suspect has been arrested for the importation of the clothing and is being interrogated, The Nation reports.

He said: “We have gathered here today to once more brief you on the ongoing investigation on container number MRSU 3040298 containing military Camouflage Uniforms and Gears.

“After profiling the importer’s transactions, I am happy to inform you that we have arrested another container MRKU 4909151, (1×40ft) belonging to the same Company, Ehiogocho Nigerian Limited with Mr. Ongwatabo Jerry as the prime suspect.

“On examination, it was found to contain, 620 set of complete sewn military camouflage uniforms and caps, 10,100 pieces of inner Military T-shirts, 512 pairs of military jungles boats.

“The Mr. Ongwatabo Jerry is the sole importer that opens the Form M for the importation of these two containers. Let me inform Nigerians that importation of military wears by any individual or company is prohibited by Nigerian Law under the Customs and Excise Management Acts (CEMA)."

In a seperate development, the federal government has declared Tuesday, August 21, and Wednesday, August 22 as public holidays to celebrate this year's annual muslim Eid-el-Kabir.

The minister of interior, retired Lt-Gen Abdulrahman Dambazau, made the declaration on Thursday, August 16, in Abuja in a statement issued by Mohammed Umar, the permanent secretary of the ministry, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

While wishing Nigerians a happy Eid-el-Kabir celebration, Dambazau enjoined the citizens to use the period to embrace the virtues of love and sacrifice for the unity and development of the country.

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