The Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) has seized a huge quantity of goods allegedly smuggled into the country by some Nigerian businessmen. The goods, including several motorbikes with spare parts and dozens of cartons of the herbal liquor ‘Baby Oku’, were confiscated last Friday in the Chugbor Community on the Old Road.
The LRA was aided in the seizure after the Bureau of Immigration (BIN), acting on a tip off, visited the compound housing the business entity and discovered the packaged goods. Through its Anti-Smuggling and Intelligence Unit, the LRA visited the site of the discovery with a court warrant to effect the seizure, while immigration authorities arrested the Nigerians to probe their status in the country. Commenting, LRA Commissioner General Elfrieda Stewart Tamba said the successful execution of the seizure is indicative of the important role communities can play in the collection and payment of tax revenues to government. “It also shows how different government agencies working together can achieve multiple benchmarks,” she added. The goods are currently in possession of the LRA, while investigations are being conducted on how they entered the country. “Following the investigation, the seized goods will be distributed among Chugbor Community residents in line with our policy of redistributing all seized goods back to the communities,” said Tamba.