Officials of Apapa Area One Command of the Nigeria Customs Service have impounded seven 20 feet containers of 10,000 cartons of pirated text books, dictionaries and novels for Junior and Senior Secondary Schools imported from China.
The Duty Paid Value (DPV) was put at N35 million. A statement by the Public Relations Officer of the command, Timi Bomodi, said that the pirated books, were declared as Bibles with the intent of concealing their true identity.
He said that the consignments had been handed over to Mr. Austin Amodu, who represented the Director-General of the Nigeria Copyrights Commission (NCC) in the exercise.
He said that the Area Controller of Customs, CAC, Alhaji Adamu Garko had reaffirmed the commitment of the service toward checkmating the nefarious activities of pirates and other importers who engaged in illegal imports.
Bomodi said the Customs boss urged all government agencies to work collectively toward achieving a common purpose.
He noted that the area controller had warned unscrupulous importers to desist from their unwholesome actions, stressing that the consequence would not be just forfeiture, but the full prosecution of the defendants in a court of law.
It would be recalled that NCS, in recent months, stepped up its anti-smuggling activities in line with Sections 47 and 48 of the Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA).