The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) yesterday informed a Federal High Court, Lagos, how 34 containers loaded with truck heads and other items were moved out of Apapa Port without duty payment.
In a three-count criminal charge before Justice Muslim Hassan, five people and three companies were alleged to have smuggled the 34 containers out of Apapa Port, Lagos.
Those charged before Justice Muslim S. Hassan are Ifenayi Anakweze, Chibuzor Ogamba, Biolatiri Peter, Chief Onwumere Festus, and Jude Wilfred, said to be at large; while the companies are Prissy Investment Limited, Vickchen Nigeria Limited, and Aulic Bonded Terminal/Logistics.
The scheduled arraignment of the accused was stalled due to the absence of three of them.
EFCC prosecutor, Mr. A. B. Shehu, urged the court to grant a short adjournment to enable him bring the absentees before the court and the matter was adjourned till April 30 for arraignment of all accused persons.
The NCS in its charge alleged that the accused, on or about June 30, 2017, in an attempt to evade duty, diverted the containers.