The Nigerian Customs Service intercepted more than N120 million worth of counterfeit and smuggled goods in its Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘C’ in July and August.
The unit includes Abia, Imo, Anambra, Enugu , Ebonyi, Rivers, Edo, Delta and Akwa Ibom.
The zone’s public relations officer, Mr Jerry Attah, made the statement in Owerri on Monday.
He quoted the auditor According to the zone, Mr. Yusuf Lawal said that the contraband was 130 bags of 50 kg of foreign rice worth N5.5 million and 161 jumbo bales of used clothing worth N22.5 million.
Lawal said that it was Among the counterfeit goods, 2,181 foreign cartons were cosmetic products worth N 76.3 million, 440 cartons Artesunate Zensunate Injection worth N 8.6 million and foreign sweets worth N 7.5 million
He said the cosmetics, artesunate injection and candy did not have NAFDAC registration numbers.
The auditor added that the cosmetics were 457 boxes of Simple Sensitive Skin Expert, 790 boxes of face wash, 232 boxes of carotene cream, 574 boxes of various cosmetic brands and 128 boxes of Revlon Almay Goddess Gloss.
“The cosmetics, candy and injections were intercepted on the Okada-Benin Expressway, while the bales of used clothing were intercepted on the Enugu-Aba-Port-Harcourt expressway,” he said.
Lawal urged the Nigerians on to beware of counterfeit and smuggled products that are dangerous not only to human health but also to the country’s economy.
He said that importing foreign rice is against the federal government’s agricultural policy repudiate and swear that smugglers would never have a great day.
“We urge Nigerians to confirm the quality of the products they buy beforehand because so many are medicinal and cosmic etic products without NAFDAC numbers are smuggled into the country.
“Those who use cosmetic products that are not NAFDAC-certified run the risk of skin cancer, as do those who use anti-malarial drugs without a NAFDAC number their lives.
“Our officers and men are well prepared to face smugglers head-on. We will leave no stone unturned, ”the auditor was quoted as saying.