The Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit, Zone ‘A’ Ikeja, Lagos having intensified its anti-smuggling operations intercepted various contraband with a duty paid value (DPV) of One Billion, Two Hundred and Ninety Five Million, Six Hundred Thousand, Seven Hundred and Twenty Four Naira, Ninety Five Kobo only (1,295,600,724.95).
A statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of the Unit, Mr. Jerry Attah, and made available to Transport Day newspaper, said “similarly, the unit through its interventions recovered One Billion, Two Hundred and Eighty Six Million, Seven Hundred and Thirty Thousand, Six Hundred and Seventy One Naira, Ninety Kobo only (N1,286,730,671.90) from duty payments and demand notices on general goods that tried to beat the system from seaports, airport and border stations through wrong classification, transfer of value, and short-change in duty payment that are meant for the Federal Government of Nigeria, making a cumulative of Two Billion, Five Hundred and Eighty Two Million, Three Hundred and Thirty One Thousand, Three Hundred and Ninety Six Naira, Nine Kobo only (N2,582,331,396.9)”.
The Unit added that “in the months under review, 95 suspects were arrested in connection to these seizures and 475 different seizures were recorded comprising foreign parboiled rice, frozen poultry products, vegetable oil, smuggled vehicles, Indian hemp, arms, fake pharmaceutical/medicaments and various general merchandise”.
The Controller, Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘A’ Comptroller Mohammed Uba Garba thanked the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) and the entire management team of the Nigeria Customs Service for their efforts in recognizing hard work and putting square begs in square holes. “”Without the management motivation and necessary logistic support, we won’t have achieved this feat within this period”, he said.
Also, Comptroller Uba commended the commitment and diligence of the Officers and Men of the FOU ‘A’ for thwarting the antics of some dare devil smugglers who used different methods for concealment. He charged all his officers to be professional and diligent in performing their statutory responsibilities; most especially in the area of anti-smuggling operations by making sure all revenue linkages are blocked.
He added that smuggling is a global phenomenon, which cannot be curbed entirely but can be brought to its barest minimum, as according to him, the feat was not unconnected with the courtesy calls he paid to some key stakeholders most especially sister security agencies within areas of jurisdiction comprising the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 81 Division, Nigerian Army, Lagos; Commander, 9 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Cantonment Ikeja; Commander, 35 Artillery, Nigerian Army, Alamala Barracks Abeokuta, Ogun State; Commissioners of Police, Ogun and Lagos State where he seeks for their continuous support and cooperation towards winning the war against smuggling.
Comptroller Mohammed Uba called on all the members of the forth estate of the realm and the general public to continue the partnership with Nigeria Customs Service in the advocacy campaign against the evil of smuggling to the nation’s economy and provides necessary intelligence that could assist the NCS.