Customs at FOU records N5.1bn seizures
.Says severe sanction awaits illicit traders
By Udeme Clement
The Customs Area Controller, CAC, Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone ‘A’, of Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Comptroller Mohammed Aliyu, disclosed that the Unit has intercepted various prohibited items, with a Duty Paid Value, DPV, of N5.1billion, from August 17 to December 10, 2018.
The CAC who spoke through the Public Relations Officer, PRO of the Unit, Jerry Attah, explained that the seized items include, 24 unit of vehicles, 34 exotic vehicles on detention (58), 39,664 bags of foreign parboiled rice (equivalent of 66 trailers), 3,252 frozen poultry products, 2,887 jerrycans of vegetable oil, 3,792 parcels of Indian Hemp, 5x20ft containers of unprocessed wood, 2,520 bales of used clothing and 710 cartons of tramadol, among others.
His words, “The CAC had previously briefed the media on the activities, performance and achievement of the Unit when he took over FOU Zone ‘A’ barely four months ago.
“He disclosed to the Press earlier that the drive and desire to complement the Comptroller General’s Policy of entrenching transparency and integrity while enforcing the core mandate of the Service is the determining factor for his uncompromising stand to succeed at all cost.
“The CAC stated that FOU is enforcing the role of the Service and complementing the activities of area Commands.
“Those proactive steps of enforcement are truly achieving the desired result on policies of the Federal Government in sustaining agriculture and self-sufficiency in food production, protecting National Security and ameliorating the potential health hazards of negative impact of smuggled items on Nigerians”.
The PRO further explained, “Comptroller Mohammed restated that, as a Unit that requires total compliance to all clearance procedures and extant laws from stakeholders, those who choose to abuse these procedures will always fall victims of FOU sanctions, as the Unit has zero tolerance for deliberate infractions”.
He went on, “The CAC lamented the negative consequences of dangerous drugs intercepted by Customs, apart from series of Tramadol seizures made at different Ports in recently”.
“He stressed, “As an enforcement Unit of the Service, FOU will not rest on its oars, until there is total compliance that will translate to effective revenue generation, suppression of smuggling, facilitation of legitimate trade and protecting our national security. We are determined to stem the tide against those not conforming to legitimate importation and exportation clearance processes”.