Customs Strike Force on rain of seizures
.Intercepts N9bn contraband, truck load of explosives
.Arrests 7 suspects
.We are battle-ready for smugglers -Says DC Kirawa
By Udeme Clement
It was like rain of seizures at the Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone ‘A’, of Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Ikeja, Lagos, as the large warehouse, workshop and the premises of Customs Training College were covered with prohibited items intercepted by Zone ‘A’ Strike Force team, under the supervision of the National Coordinator of Customs Strike Force, DC Abdullahi Kirawa.
The mind boggling seizures displayed by the team included 40ft truck fully loaded with explosives (fireworks and crackers) but falsely declared as machines, 195 sacks of Pangolin scales worth N8.39billion (approximately N8.4billion), 8,090 bags of rice worth N113.2million, 40ft container loaded with 1,200 cartons of sex enhancing drugs worth N360million, 40ft container conveying 459 bales of secondhand clothing with Duty Paid Value, DPV, of N22.9million, used tyres, vegetable oil and other items worth N9billion.
Financial Business during the press conference at FOU zone ‘A’ observed that the seized items were so many. As such, inspecting them took several hours, starting from the Training College to the workshop and even along the major road where some items were kept.
In the same vein, the Strike Force team swiftly arrested seven suspects in connection with the seizures.
Addressing Journalists at the scene yesterday, DC Kirawa, in company of Mohammed Shuaibu, Angulu, from Customs Public Relations Unit, Abuja, and other senior officers of the team, expressed strong displeasure on the activities of smugglers in the country, stressed that his men are battle-ready for the dare-devil smugglers sabotaging the nation’s economy.
Kirawa also displayed a truck meant for conveying cement for construction but loaded with 550 bags of smuggled rice, another 40ft delivery truck with 600 bags of rice, concealed with empty crates of beer, but uncovered by the Strike Force team through intelligence.
Kirawa said, “This is a delivery truck belonging to a company and you can see the level of concealed. Our men were able to uncover this because they are well trained”.
Speaking further on the seizures recorded by the Strike Force in zone ‘A’, within one month, DC Kirawa emphasised that his team would leave no stone unturned in seizing contraband and arresting economic saboteurs working against government’s effort in growing the economy.
He urged Nigerians to support government’s policy on local rice production, in order to boost the growth of agriculture n the country.
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