Customs Intercept Over N1bn Contraband Goods In June
Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), said it intercepted contraband goods worth N1,345,572,313 between May 16th to June 12th 2018.
Customs Area Controller, FOU Zone A, Mohammed Uba revealed this while conducting Journalists over the seizures by the Unit through its anti-smuggling Operations.
The seized items include: 15 Exotic Vehicles including 3 Toyota C-HR( 2018 models), 1 Toyota Camry LE (2018), 1 Toyota Prado (2018), 1 Toyota Hilux (2017), 1 Ford F150(2017), 1 Pajero Jeep (2017), 1 Mercedes Benz (2017).
Others are 9,049 bags of Foreign parboiled rice, 1,464 cartons of frozen poultry products, 870 Jerry-Cans of Vegetable oil, 273 bales of used clothing, 592 pieces of used tyres. Also, Four Containers with number PCIU 850134/9, PCIU 8278544, FCIU 983753 and TGHU 6924330 have been seized for false declaration while two containers were carrying 8,633 pieces of empty cylinders as against plumbing materials declared as other two carried 120 bales of new jeans as against punching machine declared.
Uba also noted that the unit have recovered Fifty Nine million, Five hundred and Six thousand, Seven hundred and Seventy three naira, twenty five kobo (59,506,773.25) from underpayments,making a cumulative of One billion, Four hundred and Five million, Seventy Nine thousand, Eighty six naira only (1,405,079,086) within the weeks under review.
His words: “Asyou know, smuggling is a global phenomenon that cannot be eradicated entirely but if all hands are on deck, it will be reduced to its nearest minimum.
“The service has re-strategized operational modalities and beam its searchlight at the Creek, Water side and at various locations in Southwest Zone and hence the reason for the massive seizure within the period under review.
Let me commend our officers who have put their lives on the line making these seizures, most especially the 15 trailers load of rice, knowing fully well it’s a big battle at the creek and bush parts. Their resilience and doggedness is highly commendable.”