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Customs didn’t seize NFF’s consignment, says Controller

The Apapa Area 1 Command of the Nigeria Customs Service says it did not seize any consignment belonging to the Nigeria Football Federation.

The Command’s Area Controller, Mr Eporwei Edike, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Friday.

He spoke against the backdrop of reports alleging that the service seized the Federation’s consignment.

Edike said the NFF was free to approach the customs if it had any challenge.

He added, “Nobody is aware of such consignment and if NFF, a government organisation, has such consignment and after a day or two, it is not cleared, will they just sit down like that?

“They should make enquiry or call their agent, ask the agent what is happening.

“Where another day goes by, then, they should, with their agent, come or call the PRO (Public Relations Officer) to ask the PRO what is happening, If they cannot reach the PRO, the DC Terminal.

“If they cannot reach the DC (Deputy Comptroller) Terminal, there is the APM. If they cannot reach the APM, the Area Controller is here.

“None of them has contacted any of us and we are not aware of such consignment in the port.”

The controller said, “Of course, here, part of our mark here is that no officer delays anybody’s papers on his table for more than 10, 15 minutes, after then it (the officer) must let his supervisor know.

“After about 10, 15 minutes, the next senior person must also hear until it comes to the Area Controller’s desk, but nobody has brought such to me. And NFF too has not brought such report to me.

“We are not aware, we are not aware if NFF has any consignment, not to talk of being here since September.

“If it has, let them come and meet us. If the people are also having other difficulties that they cannot approach us, let them summon courage and come.”

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