Seizure of 5,200 live ammunition by Comptroller Lawal in photo news
* Owerri Customs rejigging its anti-smuggling strategies for greater effectiveness – Says Jerry Attah
(Report by Udeme Clement):
The Public Relations Officer (PRO), Federal Operations Unit, (FOU), Zone ‘C’ Owerri, Mr Jerry Attah, says the
Customs Area Controller (CAC), of the Unit, Comptroller Yusuf Lawal Psc(+), has rejigged their anti-smuggling strategies to enhance operational effectiveness.
The PRO made this known to Journalists in a press statement he released on the seizure of 5,200 live ammunition by Comptroller Lawal and his team.
Speaking further, the PRO described the seizure of 5,200 live ammunition and other prohibited items recorded within a very short period under the leadership of Comptroller Lawal, as outstanding performance.
He pointed out, “The Unit seized 5,200 live ammunition (cartridges of 30GR 70mm Calibre ) and various contraband with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of over N378.7million between November 23rd to December 27th 2020.
“Similarly, the Unit through its interventions recovered N7.5million from demand notices on general goods that tried to cut corners from seaports in the guise of false declaration, transfer of value, and shortchange in duty payment that are meant for the coffers of Federal Government of Nigeria, making a cumulative sum of N386.3million, within the month under review, making it a landslide in recent times.
“Other seized items include 1,215 bags of foreign parboiled rice 50kg each mostly concealed in bags of beans, maize and groundnut seeds all with the aim of deceiving our officers, 38 Jumbo bales of used clothings, 204 cartons of imported tomatoes and four used exotic vehicles including one new bullet proof Toyota Landcruiser 2019 model (without end-user certificate), two Toyota Hilux 2016 and 2015 respectively, one Mercedes Benz ML350 2015, and other controlled pharmaceutical products at various locations.
“Three suspects were arrested in connection with the different seizures.”
Financial Business Correspondent, captured the report in photo news, as shown below :