Customs: FOU Owerri Deprives Smugglers N250m Worth Of Contraband

Comptroller Garba Mohammed

The Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘C’, an anti smuggling unit of the Nigeria Customs Service in Owerri recorded  17 seizures of various contraband items with duty paid value of N112.61 million in March.

The Command, according to the Customs Area Controller, Garba Mohammed, also recovered N48.74 million underpayments in the month.

Briefing news men, Comptroller Garba Mohammed noted that the unit earlier intercepted and detained a consignment of medicaments worth N178.2 million in duty paid value, thereby bringing to N250.95 million, the total duty paid value of seizures made in March.

Providing a breakdown, the Controller stated that rice actually topped the list of seized articles with 2,455 bags of rice with duty paid value of N775.58 million,  aside from 1,266 foot wears, with duty paid value of N6.07 million, 307 used tyres worth of N3.78 million; 100 used shoes valued at N8.10 million and 40 bales of used clothes with duty paid value of N5.28 million.

The unit also Impounded three choice vehicles with duty paid value of N4.05 million.

Comptroller Mohammed gave details of the medicaments the Officers and men of the Command intercepted on the Agbor axis as 268 cartons of Tramadol, 202 cartons of Pullegra, 36 cartons of Reall Octra and 928 packets of tramadol, explaining that the samples of the  medicaments had been sent to the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control for tests and verification, even as the entire consignment was being detained for further investigations.

“The Command will remain unflinching in its mission to protect the citizens of Nigeria, by ensuring that contraband goods and harmful food items do not enter into the country”,  indicated the CAC, warning smugglers to desist from trading in illicit goods in his areas of operation, or continue to forfeit their capital.

Mohammed, who later also displayed Impounded contrabands at the government warehouse in Benin, Edo, lamented the cost implications of smuggling on the nation’s economy.

He praised the continuous support of the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd), and his management team in the areas of staff training and provision of working tools, even as lauded the untiring efforts and dedicated commitment of his officers, stressing that both had made the area a deadly zone, for every smuggler.

The CAC urged citizens with vital information to avail the Service, assuring those with such patriotic zeal of adequate protection.