Controller, Apapa Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Comptroller Charles Edike, has denied that a consignment of kits belonging to the Nigerian Football Federation, NFF, was seized by Customs operatives attached to his command at the Lagos Port Complex, Apapa.
Edike said he is not aware of any seizure or detention of the said consignment.
The controller, who expressed displeasure over the report, said there was no way a consignment belonging to the NFF would be detained by his officers without his knowledge.
“We are angry that people as important as the NFF had to go to the press that they have such consignment in Customs custody when the area controller is not aware, the Public Relations Manager, Area Project Manager and the Deputy Comptroller, of the terminal are not aware.
“Who did they complain to in Customs? If they truly have any consignment in the port, the right thing for them to do was to contact the PRO or at best see the area controller and tell them their problem.
“I am annoyed that the NFF wants to destroy the image of the command and the Service. We are working hard to make things easier for people and the NFF is now painting us bad,” he lamented.
He urged the NFF to ensure that they come out victorious in the ongoing match and not use such allegations as an excuse for poor performance.
“They should find a way of winning the match and not say Customs is the reason for their failure. If they are not prepared to win, they better wake up,” he said.
NFF’s general secretary also denied any seizure of the football body’s consignment.
Sanusi said the consignment, which arrived at the Lagos port on September 4, was in the process of being cleared by Customs.
According to him, the federation is following due process in the clearance of the jerseys and other equipment from its kitting company.
“One of the reasons for the delay in the early arrival of the consignment was due to change in the mode of transportation. Instead of its arrival via air transportation, they were sent by sea. I can assure that they are in the process of being cleared.
“I want to clarify that the consignment has not been seized but are being cleared at the moment. We are used to receiving the consignments by air but this time it came via shipment. The NFF is following due procedures to ensure that the kits come out in time for our teams abroad,” Sanusi said.

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