Nigeria/India – A total of 17 Indians and their collaborators have been apprehended by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) for their alleged involvement in the attempted illegal export of four container loads of aluminium scrap valued at over US$ 470 000.
Exports of scrap are on the Nigerian federal government’s Export Prohibition List (EPL).
The arrest of the Indians follows the earlier detention of a Chinese and a Nigerian trader for their bid to export a container-load of scrap metal through one of the seaports in Lagos. The Federal Operations Unit (FOU) of the NCS is declining to reveal the names of the terminals involved in the illegal exports so as not to interfere with on-going investigations. The suspects will be arraigned in court once these investigations are completed.
The four containers in question were intercepted while they were being conveyed into the port. According to prosecutors, the contents of one of the boxes were soaked in mud in an attempt to disguise their true identity.
According to government agencies, there is a need to strengthen the economy by ensuring that raw materials obtained locally are used in domestic factories in order to produce some of the products which Nigeria is currently importing.
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