Nigeria Customs Service Board (NCSB), had dragged six persons to court over conspiracy, forgery and counterfeiting. The accused were arraigned in 2013 with a five-count charge before Hon. Justice Musa, H. Kurya of the Federal High Court in Lagos and they were sentenced to 10 years imprisonment by the court in Lagos on five count charges.
It was learnt that they would run the jail term concurrently for two years.
In a released by the NSC’s Spokesman at the Federal Operations Unit, Zone A, Ikeja, Uche Ejesieme, the accused were alleged to have counterfeited Customs’ allocation paper with ref. NCS/ADM/MGT/012/S.1/C VOL IV dated 4th June, 2013 with serial number 0002095 for 1x20ft container no GESU 2339750.
Also, the spokesman said that counterfeited official seal of the Comptroller-General of Customs, the seal of officer in charge of valuation at Idiroko, Ogun State Command and the seal of valuation seat at Apapa Command were discovered from the accused persons .
Ejesieme said that possession of customs seals by unauthorised people was contrary to the provisions of section 162 (a) and (d) of Nigeria Customs and Excise Management Act Cap C45 Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 2004.
He added: “The six accused persons were also jointly charged for conspiracy under section 166 of Nigeria Customs and Excise Management Act Cap C45 Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 2004. The accused persons are: Abiodun Ojo, Uche Nwamaka Mike, Charles Ali, Abutu Emmanuel, Sunday Nwaeze and Ngozi Ibeh.
Ejesieme said that the Comptroller of the unit, Umar Mohammed Dahiru, commended the judiciary for its forthrightness in the delivery of judgment, noting that it would serve as deterrence to others.