Owerri Customs strikes again, makes N91m seizures in One week
* Comptroller Kayode chasing smugglers on hinterland
*Renews his onslaught against die-hard smugglers
By Udeme Clement:
The Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone ‘C’ of Nigeria Customs Service, has seized smuggled foreign rice and other prohibited items with a Duty Paid Value, DPV, of N91million in just one week.
This is coming just a week after the same Unit unveiled mind-blowing seizures of 3,122 live ammunition cartridges for pump action rifles and various seized items worth over N442, 473,000 (approximately N442.5million).
Most outstanding is the fact that these massive seizures are made by Customs in Owerri despite the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the whole country.
The massive seizures are clear indication that Comptroller Kayode and his team are chasing die-hard smugglers on the hinter-land, with renewed onslaught to curtail illicit trade in all ramifications.
Addressing reporters during press conference on Tuesday, Comptroller Kayode, revealed, “Another heavy duty vehicle, popularly called tipper, used for transporting granite, was intercepted along Akwa Ibom axis with 275 bags of rice concealed within”.
He frowned, “Despite all efforts, advocacy and plea for people to desist from smuggling; we still see them bringing rice again. We have here a trailer containing 670 bags of foreign rice. This time, the rice was re-bagged to show that it was Patriot Rice from Argungun in Kebbi state, whereas it is foreign rice. It was re-bagged as a disguise but we got the information and picked it up at Ibilo.
“That shows people will not relent. Smugglers are deviants in the society. No matter what you tell them, no matter government policies, their own is to see how they will sabotage government efforts. No matter their antics, we are always one step ahead and we will always get them”.
The CAC informed that the Unit had written to Enugu State Transport Company on three of their vehicles intercepted with bales of second-hand clothings concealed within. Smuggling of second hand clothings has contributed heavily to the woes of the textile industry, adding that investigations were on-going and all culprits will be prosecuted.
Comptroller Kayode called on smugglers to turn a new leaf and support government policies in building the economy of the nation. He affirmed that officers and men of the Unit remain unrelenting and resolute in bringing smuggling to its barest minimum in the zone.
He decried activities of smugglers as it negatively affects the socio-economic well-being of the country, starting that the Service is not relenting in its mission to suppress smuggling and protection of our national borders.