An importer, Messrs Elopetx Resources Limited, has petitioned the Comptroller-General, CG, of Customs, Dikko Abdullahi, over the alleged looting of three of its fully loaded containers containing glass beer mugs at the Ikorodu Lighter Terminal, Ikorodu, Lagos State.
The importer, who petitioned the CG through its lawyer, Barrister Okwudili Alagbu, is seeking N200 million restitution for the containers looted while undergoing overtime clearance at the lighter terminal.
Okwudili said his client was holding Customs responsible because the containers were still under the control and supervision of the Ikorodu Customs when the looting was perpetuated.
According to the petitioner, the container numbers of the three 40 feet looted containers filled with glass mug were, TRLU8190033, TCLU5464240 and TGHU8550660.
Alagbu also disclosed that his client’s cargo had already been released at Tin Can Island Port by Customs, but while it was running around to pay the demurrage of the shipping company, it was transferred to Ikorodu Terminal as overtime cargo.
He stated that he was sure that the containers were transferred to Ikorodu Terminal with all the goods intact but was allegedly looted.
“At about the last week of February, information got to our client that some quantities of its goods which are a unique brand have been sighted in the market. At this juncture, our client made straight to Ikorodu Command and requested that the containers which had been on the stack be dropped for inspection and the request was obliged.
“On opening the containers, our client was able to confirm that all three of them were virtually empty thus confirming its age long fears that there was something sinister about the unusual insistence, as well as the unusual delay in the confirmation of Customs duty payment on these containers,” Alagbu said.
Alagbu, who stated in the petition that there was round the clock security at the Ikorodu Terminal, said he was surprised how the goods could be looted.
“The containers arrived Ikorodu from Tin Can Island with the contents intact, they were re-examined by Customs and the goods therein confirmed to be intact. So, how did the supposed ‘outsider thief’ manage to bring down the three containers from the stacks apparently with the use of cranes, brake in and steal their contents, and also lock and return the near empty containers to the stack without being caught?” he asked.
When contacted for response, the Public Relations Officer of the Ikorodu Command, Oloyede Ahmed, said the area controller of the command would address the issue. “We are aware of the issue and my controller will address it.”


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