The Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘A’ Ikeja-Lagos said few days ago that it recorded seizures of prohibited goods valued N483,324,260.00 (Four hundred and eighty three million, three hundred and twenty four thousand, two hundred and sixty naira only) with a payable duty of N263,086,234.00 (two hundred and sixty three million, eighty six thousand, two hundred and thirty four naira only) between January and May,2014. The Unit also apprehended 88 (eighty eight) suspects in connection with the seizures.
Making the disclosure in his office recently, the Controller Federal Operations Unit, Zone ‘A’, Mr. Nuhu Isa Mahmoud, said the impressive performance was consequent upon the resolve of the Unit to strengthen its operational apparatus through a well tailored strategic approach, which includes the use of ICT and intelligence/information gathering. He stated that there was a paradigm shift in the operational tactics of the Unit a change from analogue approach to digital, in line with the global best practices and WCO (World Customs Organization) standards.
Speaking further, the Controller also attributed the success recorded by the Unit to the ever supportive gesture of the Comptroller General of Customs, Alhaji (Dr.) Abdullahi Dikko Inde CFR and his management team.
He pointed out that the NCS management, under the leadership of the CGC, has provided the Unit with the wherewithal in terms of motivation and remuneration, capacity building and provision of operational tools like vehicles, arms and ammunition to support our effort.
In the same vein, the Controller applauded the synergy and collaboration between the officers and men of the Unit, which he noted has led to monumental achievements.
He highlighted that the Unit will continue to live up to its rating as a flagship Unit and hub in anti-smuggling activities.
Speaking further on the seizure, the Controller promised that the Unit would always remain several steps ahead of the antics of smugglers to ensure that their nefarious activities are decimated.
Some of the items seized by the Unit included bags of 50kg illegally imported parboiled rice; Cartons of foreign frozen poultry products; used tyres and other general goods
The Controller advised smugglers operating in the South-Western axis to have a re-think and channel their resources towards a more meaningful investment rather than smuggling, adding that the Unit will stop at nothing in its effort to rid the areas under his watch of smuggling activities.
In the same vein, he appreciated the media for their objectivity in reporting the activities of the Unit and called on them to continually sensitize the public on the dangers and consequences of smuggling.
In his words the Controller stated “we call on well meaning Nigerians to oblige us with useful information about smugglers. Your identity will always be treated as confidential.
“As you know, the war on smuggling cannot be left for NCS alone. It ought to be a collective responsibility”, he concluded.–International Trade Monitor