Federal Operations Unit of Customs Service in Lagos Intercept Contraband goods, nets N28.8b into government coffers
BY OSCAR NWOGU
The Federal Operations Units of the Customs Service, Zone A has realised a whopping sum of N28, 860, 788. 00 into the Federal Government’s coffers.
This follows the interception of contrabands and other goods with Duty Paid Value (DPV) put at N1,010,295,666.2, in the last one month, by the Federal Operations Unit, Zone A of Nigerian Customs Service in Lagos.
Making the disclosure at a press briefing, the Comptroller, Mohammed Uba disclosed that the N28, 860,788.00 was recovered from underpayments by importers. He informed the audience that 30 vehicles were among the seized items listing them to include Seven Toyota Hilux (2018 models), three Toyota Prado Jeep (2017), one Range Rover and One Ford Edge (2015 model).
He further identified the other items recovered as 5,516 bags of foreign parboiled rice, loaded in three trailers, 1,078 cartons of frozen poultry products, 216 Jerry cans of vegetable oil, 173 bales of used clothing, 683 pieces of used tyres and eight sacks of Indian Hemp weighing 134kg.
Uba added that two containers with no: MSKU130295/2 and MRKU877714/0 were also seized for false declaration of goods worth over N25 million naira.
Further, the Comptroller said 14 suspects were arrested in connection with the seizures and commended the officers and men of the Unit for living up to their statutory responsibilities in suppression of smuggling, blocking all revenue leakages and enhancing trade facilitation towards sustaining best international standard.
“We have remained unflinching with our mandates and no amount of detraction will deter us from performing our statutory duties”.
“We will continue to make this zone uncomfortable for smugglers to operate and urge every Nigerian to be patriotic and report any smuggling activities in their areas to the Service and any intelligence provided will be treated in confidence “, the Comptroller assured.
He however implored economic saboteurs as well as fraudulent importers to invest their resources towards legitimate trade and desist from engaging in smuggling activities.
Uba warned that the Customs Service and indeed the Unit will not renege on its statutory functions most especially in suppressing smuggling.