FOU Intercepts Goods Worth N67 Million

By Sandra Chukwunyere

The quest using credible intelligence has started yeilding fruitful results as Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone A of Nigeria Customs Service has intercepted various kind of contraband worth N67m from 7th to 14th of January, 2020.

According to a statement signed  by the Unit’s Spokesman, Jerry Attah, this feat was achived barely one week after Usman Yahaya resumed as the Acting Customs Area Controller of the Unit,

He noted that the unit has continued to live up to its statutory responsibilities especially in the area of anti-smuggling operations.

“His quest for outstanding performance using credible intelligence has begun to yield positive results with the interception of 2,065 jerrycans of vegetable oil 25liters each; 1,185 bags of 50kg foreign parboiled rice; 1500 jerrycans (25lts) of diesel; all with a duty paid value of 67,362,500.00 between 7th and 14th of January, 2020 along different unapproved routes within our areas of coverage.

“This feat is coming as a result of series of meetings held with our sectional heads, team/patrol leaders where he unveiled the management’s mandate bestowed on him which includes blockage of all revenue leakages, trade facilitation and intensification of anti-smuggling operations at various entry points: Seaports, land borders, and Airport within our areas of jurisdiction in the SouthWest zone.” Yahaya declared

He warned smugglers of the danger that lies ahead for them if they do not engage in legitimate trade adding that the media and the general public should support the fight against smuggling by providing necessary intelligence that could assist the service in reducing smuggling to its barest minimum.

The statement also added that DC Yahaya’s redeployment was part of the Comptroller- General’s strategies to re-jig and reposition the Service for greater efficiency and effectiveness especially in the areas of revenue generation, trade facilitation as well as combating smuggling.

DC Usman Yahaya is a quintessential and an enforcement guru who hitherto was the Coordinator of Strike Force, Zone ‘A’ before he was posted to FOU Zone ‘A’ as the Acting Controller.

 He took over recently from Comptroller Aliyu Mohammed, who was elevated based on his record, to a new assignment as the Acting Sector 4 Commander of Border Drill Operations code-named Ex-Swift Response.

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