Customs FOU Zone ‘A’
*Intercepts N20.6Million Poultry Products in 7 vehicles
*We are on duty and will surprise smugglers any time they dare us – Says Yahaya
(By Udeme Clement):
The Operatives of Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone ‘A’ have intercepted and destroyed smuggled poultry products worth over N20.6million in Duty Paid Value, DPV.
Acting Controller of the Unit, Usman Yahaya disclosed this.
He revealed that the seizures were made in two separate operations within just one week.
Yahaya informed journalists in Lagos through a news statement issued by the Unit’s Public Relations Officer, PRO, Mr Jerry Attah.
He said, “Our men have sustained round-the-clock patrols, while keeping to safe distance rules in line with Covid-19 prevention techniques.
He added, “The seizures came in 2,154 cartons, laden in seven different vehicles.”
His words, “These seizures , which we made within a week is a strong message to smugglers and trans-border criminals. They should not be deceived into concluding that we are away from our duty posts.”
He emphasised, “As usual, we are on duty and will continue to surprise smugglers with seizures and arrests any time they dare us.
“These seizures were brought in seven vehicles that were quickly abandoned by the drivers, who fled on sighting our officers. We had to find means of driving the vehicles to our premises, because the smugglers ran away with the keys”.
The highest bulk of seizure was achieved by a patrol team led by Steven Abah, a Chief Superintendent of Customs, whose team brought in 1500 cartons in a swoop.
Recall that FOU Zone ‘A’ is striking again with these seizures of poultry products, just few weeks after the same Unit made mind boggling seizures including foreign rice concealed in gas cylinders.