By Stephen Ubanna
More facts For much of last May and now , Mohammed Aliyu , Comptroller, Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone A, has applied all his security intelligence to track the Chinese agents involved in buying donkey skins in Nigeria for the country Pharmaceutical Companies that use it as raw material to manufacture of drugs used in curing different ailments such as High Blood Pressure,
The hunt for the Chinese donkey skin agents became pronounced when the Command Operations and Lagos Roving team Headed by Riks Lura, a Chief Superintendent and one of his patrol teams was said to have made a seizure of over 100,000 pieces of the animal skin in Okota Axis, Alimosho local government Area, of Lagos state,
But for the quick intervention of Aliyu’s Operations and Lagos Roving Patrol team officers in finding their way to the location where the Chinese agent had loaded the pieces of the donkey skins sourced from different dealers in the state had been loaded into tw0 ”20” feet Containers, it would have been taken to seaport and quickly processed for export. This is an indication that the closely guarded donkey skin export business dominated by the rich has been going on for years in the country’s seaports .
A senior Customs officer told the Value News that the seizure of the two Container load of donkey skin earmarked for export to China gave a clue to FOU, Zone A, Comptroller, to go back to the drawing board to restrategise on how to break into the syndicate to avoid turning the country to another China where the animal has gradually gone into extinction because of the Pharmaceutical Companies rush for the skin. He got it right.
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Perhaps to get more information on why the Chinese donkey skin agents are coming to Africa, particular, Nigeria, to buy the animal skin, Aliyu was said to have promised to release the suspect if he could him reason for the high demand for the item in their country. The suspect may have believed him as he opened up that it is in high demand by Pharmaceutical Companies who had found it a veritable raw materials for manufacturing of drugs in curing High Blood Pressure, Diabetes and improving turgidity in male organ for optimum performance. He was said to have disclosed that the dried donkey skin which are bought from the local suppliers at peanuts are grounded and sold to the Pharmaceutical Companies who mix it with other Chemicals to process it into raw materials that could could used for their production. The Chinese suspect had given an insight of the amount of United States dollars sold the grounded donkey skin per tonne which runs into thousands into hundreds of United States Dollars, annually. this may have given the Customs Comptroller an insight that the country would have lost over N15 billion from the donkey export alone , if the Chinese Agent had succeeded in shipping it to his country to the awaiting hands of the Customers. This clearly shows that the country had lost billions of naira over the years from donkey export alone when Customs attention was on it as the Chinese businessmen have a way of penetrating Nigerians including Customs personnel at the e Export Seat at the ports.
The Chinese suspect had expected to be released after volunteering the information to the Customs Comptroller but no luck. This may have informed the intervention of the Chinese Embassy to facilitate his release from Customs detention. The Embassy officials were said to have reached out to the ministry of Foreign Affairs to facilitate his release, an indication that the Embassy officials knew what most of the type of business most of their people are doing in Nigeria to source for raw materials to lubricate their economy .
The ministry may have reached out to Hameed Ali, a retired Army Colonel and no nonsense Comptroller General of Nigerian Customs Service, NCS, who was said to have suspended, sacked officers and downgraded many officers who have had been found of one offence or the other at the seaports and Land Border Area to listen to the plea of the Chinese Embassy officials over the detained suspect.
Ali was said to have reached to reached out the FOU, Zone A, Customs boss to do the needful. He was said have opened a channel of discussion with the Chinese Embassy officials who were ready to sign a bail bond to produce him whenever needed for further questioning over the offence committed which falls foul of the nation’s fiscal policy.
The Embassy may have fulfilled the stringent conditions spelt out by the Customs Command to facilitate the release of the suspect that Aliyu gave his nod. the Customs Comptroller confirmed at a recent parlay organised by the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders , NAGAFF, that the Chinese suspect was released on bail due to the intervention of his home country Embassy in Nigeria. The arrest of the chinese suspect may have forced other Agents and their local donkey suppliers to go underground to allow the situation to calm.
Insiders informed the Magazine that Aliyu has intensified investigation to unravel the Nigerian s involved in supplying the Asian country Customers with the donkey skin. There are indications that the Command ha closed in on one of them with the recent detention of 1×40 Container load of donkey skins by the Command Operations and Lagos T Roving team in a closely guarded warehouse operated by a Chinese Company . in Ibadan, Oyo state.
An elated Aliyu has vowed to break the wings of the stop the donkey business in Nigeria. Already he has sent a signal to the Area Comptrollers, that he will not hesitate to expose any seaport found to have been Cooperating with the Chinese donkey skin Agents.
Aliyu war against against Nigerians and the Chinese involved in the donkey skin export business , may have opened the eye of Muhammed Uba Garba, the Area Comptroller, Seme Command , to tighten security at Seme, Badagry and Owode axis, to ensure that the desperate Nigerian donkey dealers and their Chinese Customers do not find their way to Cotonou port in Republic to continue the donkey skin export business. He was said to have read the act to the patrol team leaders to be on the red alert to ensure that
A Seme resident who spoke to The Value News disclosed that the kind of security mounted in the Area by Muhammed’s officers in the area have never been seen before that it would be difficult for any smuggler to dare the Command anti-smugglers to indulge in any export of prohibited item, particular donkey ski, which is in high demand in China because of thee huge profit that comes with it in on one successful export alone.
Recall that KC. Ekekezie, an Assistant Comptroller General and Coordinator, Customs Zone A, had said that there cannot be any fraud at the seaport or landborder Areas on the clearing of imported cargoes or facilitating the export of Agricultural or manufactured products without the collaboration of both officers and Agents. Not surprising why Agents see themselves as” brothers and sisters with officers.
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