…As Binga impounds Tramadol, Mopol, Immigration and Navy Uniforms***
The Customs amphibian arm in Ibafon, Apapa, the Western Marine Command has assured that it would neither negotiate with smugglers, nor spare their illicit investments in its anti-smuggling war on the waters of Nigeria’s South Western region.
The Command Controller, BN Binga gave the assurance in Lagos, while exhibiting to newsmen, massive seizures recorded, as the newly launched sea going vessel, Customs Pride boosted momentum in the anti smuggling war.
“You are quite aware of our plea to the smugglers to stop their evil trade and engage in more meaningful businesses that will benefit them and the Nigerian economy.
“But, the more we make our statements, the more they are determined to go ahead with their nefarious activrties. To this end, the command embarked upon several strategies in curbing this menace. A 24hrs patrol of the water was intensified and combing of the creeks and beaches were reinvigorated. The result is what you see today as we show case some of the seizures”, Comptroller Binga stated, unfolding seizures which included:
* 433 bags of 50kg foreign parboiled rice.
*Bales of secondhand clothes
*Bags of secondhand shoes
*Bales of foreign fabrics
*Bales of Mopol Police, immigration and Navy Uniforms
*and 3,000 empty kegs; some of which valued amounted to a total Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N61,611,925.
Stressing that his officers and men were now more enthusiastic and motivated to work, Binga thanked the Federal Government for the provision of sea going vessel.
“All thanks to the Federal Government and Nigeria Customs Service Management Team.
“The first launched of the Sea Going Vessel, “CUSTOMS PRIDE‘ on the 23-10-2019 led to remarkable exploits in some of the seizures displaced.
“Even with the Operation Ex-Swift otherwise called Border Drill, some citizens have remained adamant and have refused to repent despite losing their contraband items running into Millions of Naira.
“Instead of taking advantage of the Federal Govt policy on Agriculture especially in the area of Rice production for the nation to be self-sufficient, they refuse to repent”, he stated, stressing that it was for this reason that neither the CAC, Western Marine Command, nor his officers and men would rest, until smuggling is reduced to its barest minimum.