N1bn seizures: How FOU nabbed 14 economic saboteurs
.Warns smugglers to desist from illicit business
By Chinonye Anyatonwu
The Customs Area controller, CAC, of Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone ‘A’ of Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Comptroller Mohammed Uba has attributed the massive seizures of various contraband items recorded by the Unit in three weeks to new strategies mapped out to curb illicit business within the zone.
Briefing news men at the Command, Comptroller Uba explained that the items seized from April 10, to May 15, 2018, are estimated at a Duty Paid Value, DPV, of over N1bilion.
He analysed, “The Command through it’s intervention recorded N28.8million from underpayments, thereby making a cumulative of N1,039,156,454.00.
Within the weeks under review. We arrested 14 suspects in connection with a total of 125 seizures”.
“30 exotic vehicles were seized within this period and are under detention. These include seven Toyota Hilux (2018 models); three Toyota Prado Jeep (2017 models), one Range Rover and one Ford Edge (2015 model). Other seizures include 5,516 bags of foreign rice (9 trailers), 1,078 cartons of frozen poultry products, 216 jerrycans of vegetable oil, 173 bales of used clothing, 683 pieces of used tyres and eight sacks of Indian Hemp, weighing 134kg among other items”.
Similarly, “Two containers with numbers MSKU130295/2 and MRKU877714/0, with DPV of over N25million were also seized for false deceleration”.
The CAC further stated, “Let me commend the officers and Men of the Unit for living up to their statutory responsibilities in tackling smuggling, blocking all revenue leakages and enhancing trade facilitation towards sustaining best international standards. We are unflinching with our mandates and no method of distraction will deter us from performing our statutory duties”
“We will continue to make this zone uncomfortable for smugglers to operate, while urging Nigerians to be patriotic and report smuggling activities in their areas to the service. Intelligence provided will be treated in confidence”.
“For the avoidance of doubt, after the Court processes and condemnation, the Presidential Committee on Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, chaired by the Comptroller-General of Customs, CGC, Hameed Ali, approved evacuation of the following items to Borno State Government, for distribution to IDPs, through the Nigerian Army Corps of supply and Transport, NASCT, 25,318 bags of rice (42 Trailers), 3,366 jerrycans of oil, 175 gallons of vegetable oil (5liters each), 1,564 bales/122 sacks of second hand clothing and 196 sacks/ 938 pairs of used shoes”.
“I am using this opportunity to thank CGC Hameed Ali, and the entire management of the Service for their untiring logistics support, which brought about this feat, as well as the media for their continuous reportage of our activities.”