The Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone ‘C’, a strategic anti-smuggling arm of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) in Owerri intercepted various contraband goods with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N1,280,885,011, in the first quarter of 2021.
The Command Controller, Yusuf Lawal confirmed this today (Wednesday) in Owerri, pointing out that the Owerri Command also recovered N7,557,731 from Demand Notices.
“Following our anti-smuggling drives, between January to March 2021, we have intercepted various contraband within our areas of jurisdiction which covers south-south/south east zones with a duty paid value of N1,280,885,011”, Comptroller Yusuf Lawal said, adding:
“Also, based on our intervention we recovered the sum of N7,557,731. only from demand notices raised, making a cumulative sum of N1,288,442,742 within the months under review.
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“The detained and seized items include: 2,976 bags of 50kg each of foreign parboiled rice, 1,024 cartons of Colcaps medicament without NAFDAC certification, 290 cartons of Foreign Eva Soap, 204 Cartons of Foreign Tomatoes Paste, 130 Jumbo bales of used clothing, 5,200 live ammunition cartridges, 6 exotic vehicles; one Toyota land cruiser bullet proof 2019 model without End User Certificate from NSA, one Toyota Hilux 2020 model, one Toyota Corolla 2018 model among others.
“This feat wouldn’t have been possible without the logistics support from the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) and the entire Management of the NCS.
“Let me use this opportunity to appreciate you, the media for your continuous rapport and further seek for a fair and balanced reportage of our activities”, he also said, urging all well-meaning Nigerians to support the Service in the fight against smuggling by providing credible and timely intelligence that will help the Unit reduce smuggling to its barest minimum.
A surmmary of seizures was thereafter presented accounting for 2,976 bags of 50KG @104,160,000; 130 jumbo bails of Used Clothing at N15,600,000; and PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS WITHOUT NAFDAC NO. 1,024 CARTONS OF COLCAPS.
8 CTNS of other medicaments, whose value was put at N918,032,731.
Others were 290 cartons of foreign Eva soap put at N4,176,000; 204 cartons of foreign tomato paste, with a value of N5,300,000; and 5,200 cartridges of live ammunition, valued at N5,200; alongside six units of vehicles, which value was put at N3,120,000.