A Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday ordered the forfeiture of various illegally imported goods valued at N50.1m to the Federal Government.
This was sequel to an application brought by the Nigeria Customs Service Board before the court.
Justice Abdulaziz Anka, in a ruling, granted the request by the Customs “to sell the goods either by way of auction, allocation or by any other procedure.”
The board had on Monday approached the Judge with an ex parte application seeking the forfeiture of the goods said to have been intercepted between April and June 2017.
The illegally imported goods include loads of fairly used clothes, shoes, bags, bed sheets, breakable plates; 7,163 bags of foreign parboiled rice, and 147 jerry cans of vegetable oil.
The Assistant Legal Adviser of the Nigeria Customs Service Board, Federal Operations Unit, Zone A, Ikeja, Mr. Shehu Bodinga, had while moving the ex parte application on Monday, told Justice Anka that since the goods were intercepted and seized, their owners had absconded and refused to show up to claim them, having realised the severity of the punishment for their offence.
Bodinga said the Customs had received a directive from the presidency that part of the seized items should be distributed to victims of Boko Haram insurgency living in the Internally Displaced Persons camp in the North-East.
In a 15-paragraph, which he personally deposed to, Bodinga said the goods were imported into the country in breach of Section 46(c) of the Customs and Management Act, but abandoned by the importers at the nation’s port.