The Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone A of the Nigeria Customs service has seized 210 different contraband ranging from smuggled vegetable oil, foreign parboiled rice, frozen poultry products, vehicles and various general merchandise within the period of October and November with a Duty Paid Value (DTV) of N325,053,08.00.
This was disclosed by Lagos, comptroller Mamudu while addressing a press briefing on Tuesday in Ikeja.
He said: “The unit through intervention recovered N286,623,853.00 from duty payments and demand notices on vehicles and other general goods that tried to beat the system from seaports, airport and border stations in the guise of false declaration, transfer of value and shortchanging in Duty payments meant for the federal government of Nigeria, making it a landslide in recent times.
“In the month under review, about 210 different seizure were recorded comprising vegetable oil, foreign parboiled rice, frozen poultry products, smuggled vehicles, Indian hemp and various general merchandise.
He stated that about 1, 300 parcels of Indian hemp recovered from three suspects have been handed over to the NDLEA, Lagos State Command last week for prosecution at a court of competent jurisdiction to serve as deterrent to other drug barons.
“Since I took over here, we have also intensified our operations at various bond terminals/warehouse to ensure compliance to the extant laws.
He further disclosed that about six warehouses in Lagos that have contravened the laws were under Customs seal pending thorough investigation.
Mamudu noted that smuggling is a global phenomenon, which cannot be curbed entirely but can be brought to its barest minimum.
“I believed we have what it takes to do better and therefore I call on all officers and men of the service and the general public to join us in the fight against smuggling considering the economic diversification effort of the federal government which is for the good and wellbeing of Nigerians.”
He disclosed that, a total of 77 suspects were also apprehended, out of which 17 suspects have been convicted but are on appeal at the Appellate Court Lagos while some other suspects have been released on bail, mostly drivers.