Customs FOU impounds N250 M contrabands in two months

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone ‘A’ Ikeja  Lagos within the period of July-August 2016 intensified its  anti-smuggling operations by intercepting various contrabands with a  duty paid value (DPV) of 186,911,500.00
Similarly, the Unit through its interventions recovered 63,555,123.25  from vehicles and other goods due to under-payment, undervalue and  false declarationas the case maybe making a cumulative of  N250,466,623.25 between July –August 2016.
Within July-August 2016, about 225 different seizures were recorded  comprising foreign parboiled rice, frozen poultry products, fairly  used vehicles popularly known as tokunbo, and various general  merchandise.
While commending the relentless efforts of his Officers and Men of the  Unit, the Controller, Federal Operations Unit, Zone ‘A’ Ikeja,
Comptroller Umar Mohammed Dahiru  explained that  that even though the Nation is  experiencing economic downturn, smuggling still persists and pledges  the commitment of his Unit to thwart any antics that might be deployed  by smugglers.
 The Comptroller calls on all patriotic Nigerians to help  the Nigeria Customs Service in the fight against smuggling by
providing necessary intelligence report that will assist “our  operations for a better return on investment for legitimate traders”   He said: “we will continue to reflect and review our operational  modalities towards sustaining the statutory mandate of anti-smuggling  operations so as to keep the flag flying and warned the dare devil  smugglers to repent from their nefarious acts or face the wrath of the  law as the Unit has what it takes to always track them down”.
A press statement issued by Public Relations Officer, Jerry Attah quoted him as saying 23 suspects were also apprehended, adding that  after thorough  investigation they will be charged to court of competent jurisdiction  for prosecution to serve as deterrent to others.