Customs in Owerri : Customs FOU C seizes armoured vehicle, other contraband worth over N300m * Arrests 7 suspects

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Customs in Owerri :
Customs FOU C seizes armoured vehicle, other contraband worth over N300m

* Arrests 7 suspects

The Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone ‘C’, Owerri,
has seized an armoured Lexus LX570 jeep without End User Certificate. The Unit also intercepted other contraband goods worth N318,154,742 million.

The Customs Area Controller (CAC) of the Unit, Ali Ibrahim, said this while showcasing the seized items, as he addressed newsmen in Owerri today.

The CAC listed other seized items to include eight other vehicles worth N158,734,742million and 294 bags of foreign parboiled rice concealed with RC minerals worth N11,760,000million.

Other seized items were 304 pieces of used tyres worth N4,560,000million, 657 jumbo bales of used clothings worth N131,400,000million and 32,500 litres of Automotive Gas Oil popularly known as Diesel concealed in 650 jumbo sacks worth N11,700,000million.

According to him, the items were intercepted along different routes, which include Umuikaa/Aba, Okada/Benin, Benin/Auchi and Enugu/Ubollo roads with seven suspects arrested.

He thanked the Comptroller-General of Customs, CGC Hameed Ali for logistics support to the Zone and pledged to justify the confidence reposed on him.

He urged Nigerians to support the Service in its advocacy against smuggling while warning smugglers to stay off the South-East and South-South geo-political zones, his areas of jurisdiction.

Also, he thanked men and officers of FOU Zone ‘C’ for their gallantry in the face of challenging assignments and restated his unwavering commitment to their welfare.

His words: “We recorded these feats from October 14, 2021, when I took over as CAC of the Unit to November 13, 2021, largely due to the leadership style of the Comptroller-General and the entire management team of the Service.
We pledge to continue justifying the incentives and logistics support we receive, which include recent additional supply of 10 Toyota Hilux vehicles, which are already being used in our patrol and surveillance activities.

” We urge the public to join the service in the advocacy against the peril of smuggling to the Nation’s economy.
We also warn economic saboteurs, who will want to use this festive season for their nefarious activities to desist from such illegal business.

” No matter how surreptitious their activities may be, this unit is more determined and committed to ensure unwavering implementation of the Government’s fiscal policy “, he said.

The CAC and his men showing the seizures :
Seized vehicles ;
Seized rice :
Seized trucks loaded with contraband :

 

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