FOLLOWING the seizure of pots of soups imported from China in Lagos by men of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), findings have revealed that the importer of the consignment is still at large.
Disclosing this to Sunday Tribune, spokesman of the CGC Strike Force, Mr. I. K. Angulu, stated that investigations were still on to unravel the destination of the container load of soups and other edible items, even as he stated that the importers have disappeared into thin air.
According to the CGC Strike Force spokesman, “investigations are still on concerning the imported soups and other eatable material. The importer is yet to be found. We only have the driver of the vehicle with us and he is giving us all the needed cooperation as regards the owners and destination of the container. With time, we will come out public on our findings.”
It would be recalled that the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) intercepted a container with imported soups (stew) and some other eatable items worth N27,960,000 from China.
The container, which was cleared from one of the ports in Lagos, was intercepted by the Customs CGC Strike Force team as a result of information provided by the Customs Intelligent Unit (CIU), all of the NCS, Sunday Tribune gathered.
Addressing newsmen in Lagos on Friday while displaying some of the items seized between September 19 and October 18, 2018, Deputy Comptroller and National Coordinator, CGC Strike Force, Abdullahi Kirawa, said the system has degenerated to the level that “Nigerians are now importing stew into the country.”
He lamented that the imported pots of stew and other eatable items, which could not be verified as a result of the Chinese Language written on their packs, could pose serious dangers to the consumers.
According to Abdullahi Kirawa, “how can someone import stew into the country? The stew were carefully concealed inside the container. I will advise that Nigerians should ignore Xenocentrism and embrace ethnocentrism.
“Our quest for foreign goods and items must be discouraged and we must work hard to embrace and patronise home made goods, including our delicious stew that are prepared from our homes, and stop engaging in this type of business.
Kirawa said some other packed items that looked like mushroom were already decaying in the container, saying that showed the dangers it would pose to human health when ingested or consumed.