Customs FOU Seizes vehicles, Indian Hemp, others worth over N1bn in 4 weeks.

By Sandra Chukwunyere

***Arrests 14 suspects

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Operations Unit, FOU, zone ‘ A’ has arrested a total of 14 suspects in connection with 125 seizures made by the Unit between the period of April 10th to May 15th, 2018.

Customs Area Controller (CAC ) of the Unit, Comptroller Mohammed Uba who made this known to newsmen on Wednesday in Lagos said that the unit has arrested various contraband and other goods on detention with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of one billion, ten million, two hundred and ninety-five thousand, six hundred and sixty-six naira, two kobo (N1,010,295,666.2)

Comptroller Uba stated that the unit through its interventions recorded N28,860,788.00 from under payment by importers who cleared their goods from the ports.

According to CAC the seized items include; 30 exotic vehicles including 7 Toyota Hilux (2018 models), 3 Toyota Prado Jeeps (2017 models), 1 Range Rover, 1 Ford Edge (2015 model), 5,516 bags of foreign parboiled rice (about 6 trailers), 1,078 cartons of frozen poultry products, 216 jerrycans of vegetable oil, 173 bales of used clothing, 683 pieces of used tyres, 8 sacks of Indian Hemp weighing 134kg.
Others are two containers with no: MSKU130295/2 and MRKU877714/0 as a result of false declaration with a DPV of over 25 million naira alone.

He commended the officers and men of the Unit for living up to their statutory responsibilities and expectations in suppression of smuggling, blocking all revenue leakages as well as enhancing trade facilitation towards sustaining best international standards.

Uba said that the following court processes and condemnation, the Presidential Committee on IDPs chaired by the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd) had approved the evacuation of some seized items to the Borno State Government for distribution to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) through the Nigerian Army Corps of Supply and Transport.

He also  added that they would continue to fight against illegal importation and to ensure strict enforcement the policies of the federal government to make the country safe as well as enable it collect every revenue for the federal government.

 

Seized items by the Unit

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