arrests 10 Suspects
By Sandra Chukwunyere
The Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone ‘A’ Ikeja, Lagos, yesterday intercepted various contraband with a duty paid value worth over N1.6 billion in three weeks.
The Customs Area Controller (CAC) of the Zone, Comptroller Mohammed Uba made this known at a briefing with newsmen said that the command impounded various contraband between March 19th and April 9th 2018.
According to Comptroller Uba,the various intercepted goods had a duty paid value of N1.4billion while the sum of N166.2million was realized from payment of demand notices (DN) on general goods from seaports, airport and border stations.
He said that this was due to wrong classification, transfer of value, and short payment in duty payment meant for the coffer of Federal Government of Nigeria.
The seized items include Indian hemp of 1,550kg valued at N74 million, 64 exotics cars worth about N919 million, 6003 bags of Foreign parboiled rice (equivalent to 10 trailers) worth N74 million, 963 cartons of frozen poultry products worth about N6 million, 431 jerry cans of vegetable oil valued at N5 million and 163 bales of used clothing worth N8 million among others.
CAC disclosed that the Indian hemp intercepted along Olorunda axis of Ogun state based on intelligence was the highest seizure of hard drugs in the history of FOU Zone A.
In his words, “the 570 parcels and 98 sacks of Indian hemp weighing 1,550kg intercepted based on intelligence along Olorunda axis of Ogun state is the highest seizure of such hard drugs in the history of FOU Zone A.
“You all know what would have happened if it got to the wrongs hand undetected, in the spirit of inter agency relationship the seized Indian hemp would be handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency( NDLEA ) for further investigations.”
Among the detained vehicles include one Toyota land cruiser (2018) one escalades cardilac (2017) one Range Rover, three Toyota Camry (2009, 2010, 2017) among others with a duty paid value worth over N258 million.
He urged all smugglers and their accomplices to desist from such trade malpractices and invest their money in legitimate business.
“issuing a warning to those who engage in the act of smuggling to desist from such malpractices and invest their money in legitimate business as the unit has devised other operational modalities that will give them a run for their money and count their loses and finally end in jail.”
He disclosed that 10 suspects were arrested in connection with the 86 seizures.
In his response, an Official of the NDLEA ,Mr Lawal Opaleye while commending the Men of the Customs for the efforts so far promised that they would ensure that those culprits were brought to justice
He also said that the two agencies would continue to collaborate to stop criminals from bringing in dangerous drugs into the country.