Customs FOU impounds N130m contrabands in September

For the month of September, the  Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone ‘A’ Ikeja, Lagos intercepted contrabands amounting to Duty Paid Value (DPV) of  N101.5 million.
  Similarly, the Unit through its interventions recovered N30,154,174.75 from vehicles and other goods “that tried to beat the system from the seaports and border stations in the guise of false declaration, undervaluation and shortchange in duty payment that are meant for the Federal Government of Nigeria, making a cumulative of N131,7008,24.75 in the Month of September 2016”.
 A statement issued by the Zone’s Public Relations Officer, Jerry  Attah explained that in the month of September, 2016,  about 98 different seizures were recorded comprising vegetable oil, foreign parboiled rice, frozen poultry products, fairly used vehicles popularly known as tokunbo, and various general merchandise.
  While commending the displayed sheer courage, patriotism and intelligence in a well coordinated action by the Operatives of FOU ‘A’that eventually led to the  seizures and intervention in the month of September 2016, the Controller, Federal Operations Unit, Zone ‘A’ Ikeja, Comptroller Umar Mohammed Dahiru explained that the Unit has what it takes in delivering one of the Service statutory functions of suppression of smuggling within his areas of jurisdiction in the South West zones.
  He warned smugglers who see ‘ember’ months as a peak period for their nefarious acts to desist from such illegal business as “the Unit has deployed other tactical strategies that will make them run for their monies and count their loses”.
  He added that 14 suspects were also apprehended and will be charged to court for prosecution after thorough investigation.