- Takes over FOU Lagos
The Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone ‘C’, Owerri recorded in the month of April, 2017 some 15 seizures, with duty paid value (DPV) of N865,529,880.
The Unit also recovered underpayments to the tune of N23,304,042, showing that Zone C Owerri has indeed continued to record resounding success, in its anti smuggling operations
The Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Mohammed Uba who revealed this while briefing the media in Owerri, also commended the officers and men of the Command, for their track records in anti-smuggling operations, particularly for the unflinching determination to bring smuggling in the area to its barest minimum.
Providing a breakdown, Comptroller Uba stated that the seizures included some 1,605 bags of rice, with duty paid value of N58,245,000; two trucks load with duty paid value of N12,225,000; 24,032 cartons of imported frozen poultry product with duty paid value of N291,988,800; 1158 cartons of medicaments, including 635 cartons of Tramadol, with duty paid value of N494, 959,080 and 845 used tyres with duty paid value of N8,112,000.
Uba who also displayed some of the seizures at the government warehouse in Benin, Edo State highlighted that other seizures were outside Benin, but also tucked in Calabar, Enugu and Owerri warehouses, as the seizures were situated in axis of the Zone, where it was Impounded.
He described the commodities seized as being of high value, hence the huge amount of the DPV attracted, noting that the commodities in detention and the suspects involved were currently undergoing intense investigation.
“We are not here to intimidate anyone or discourage genuine traders but facilitate trade with a view to generate more revenue for the federal government. Government is ready and willing to assist any citizen willing to undertake legitimate trade” , he stated, charging smugglers to turn a new leaf and engage in legitimate trade and join in the economic development of the nation.
“Smugglers, agents and all those partaking in illegal trade should desist from such. The Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘C’ Owerri will leave no stone unturned in flushing you out from this zone”, he posited further, disclosing that 21 suspects were in custody and would be charged to court, even as 25 cases are currently in court.
The Comptroller later handed over the seizure of medicaments to the representative of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) Pharmacist Esther Itua who lauded the Service for their efforts in safeguarding the health and safety of the nation, as well as, calling on other security agencies to emulate the Nigeria Customs Service spirit of comradeship.
In the meantime, the Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Mohammed Uba has been deployed to Nigeria Customs Service Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘A’ Lagos, to continue his daring raids.
This development, with the approval of the Management of the Service, is consequent to the new appointment of 4 deputy comptroller generals and 7 assistant comptroller generals to replace some members of the management team who have proceeded on retirement.
Comptroller Mohammed Uba who was appointed the Comptroller FOU Zone ‘C’ Owerri in October 2016 has recorded unprecedented achievements in anti-smuggling operations in the Zone.
Comptroller Amajam B.A. has been deployed to take over the affairs of the Zone.