- Seizes tramadol, contraband worth over N99.8million
- Arrests 5 suspects
(Report by Udeme Clement):
Obviously, the Customs Area Controller (CAC), Federal Operations Unit, (FOU), Zone ‘C’ Owerri, Comptroller Yusuf Lawal Psc(+), and his enforcement officers are chasing smugglers on the hinterland.
This is evident in the anti-smuggling feats recorded by the Unit in second quarter of 2021 economic year.
The Unit having strengthened its anti-smuggling strategies intercepted Tramadol and other contraband items, with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N99.8million from April to June 2021.
In the period under review, the Unit arrested five suspects in connection to the seizures.
Giving a break down of seizures made, the CAC said; “Items Intercepted include: 45 rolls containing 4,500 sachets of 225mg of royal brand tramadol; 210 bags of 50kg foreign parboiled rice, 18 parcels of Indian Hemp, 19, 725 sachets of dizapam tablet, 98 bales of used clothing, 220 cartons of foreign tomatoes paste, 12 cartons of foreign Johnson soap, 240 pieces of used tyres, 668 pairs of used shoes, among others, mostly intercepted along Okada-Benin/Lagos expressway”.
Comptroller Lawal Psc(+) reiterated; “though smuggling is a global phenomenon that cannot be eradicated entirely, we invites all hands to be on deck, so that it could be reduced to its barest minimum”.
Speaking further, he commended the resilience, doggedness of his officers and men, who brought about the impressive performance made by the Unit.
The CAC frowned at the nefarious activities of smugglers, stressing that only God knows what would have happened, if the tramadol had gone to the wrong hands, especially at this trying moment, as the negative consequences can not be over-emphasized.
Comptroller Lawal Psc(+), said; “These feats couldn’t have been possible without the logistics support of the Comptroller-General of Customs, CGC Hameed Ibrahim Ali; the entire Management team of the Service, as well as the media in sensitizing and educating the public on the evil of smuggling to the nation’s economy, which has led to drastic reduction of smuggling within our zone.
“We thank our sister agencies that are always on ground giving us necessary operational support, most especially the Nigeria Army, Police, DSS among others. We look forward to sustaining such relationship that will yield better performance in the remaining half year of 2021.”
Comptroller Lawal Psc(+), while urging his officers and men to always ensure professionalism, be diligent in performing their statutory responsibilities, charged them to raise the tempo of anti-smuggling operations at the Unit, by ensuring all revenue leakages are blocked. He encouraged them to keep thwarting the antics of those dare-devil smugglers, who used different methods of concealment for illicit trade.