Nigeria Customs Service through the Comptroller General of Customs Strike Force Zone ‘A’ has seized goods worth N118,154,708.00.
This was contained in a performance chart released the C Coordinator of the Forcer, Deputy Comptroller B. U. Yahaya.
According to the Coordinator, ‘’the unit, due to our intensified enforcement operations had between May 14 and June 30, 2019 made a total of 68 seizures of different kind of contraband goods with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of One Hundred and Eighteen Million, One Hundred and Fifty Four Thousand and Seven Hundred and Eight Naira only (N118,154,708.00).’’
The seized items include: 6, 580 bags of Rice with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N87,202,108.00; 1,292 kegs (25 litres)of vegetable oil with DPV of N12,209,400.00, 1,607 cartons of frozen poultry products with DPV of N15,427,200.00, 17 bales of second hand clothing with DPV of N1, 224,000.00 and 2 used vehicles (Peugeot 206 and Fiat bus) with DPV of N2,092,000.00. Grand total of the seized items was N118,154,708.00.
‘’In addition to the efforts of the unit in confronting the unrepentant smugglers irrespective of their hide out or terrain, our eagle-eyed officers led by Chief Superintendent of Customs ( CSC) Esiet while combing the creek along Badagry through information intercepted and seized five (5) trucks fully loaded with contraband foreign rice (50kg each). The operation was carried out along Alibaba Street at Iyana-Sashi waterside in Agbara-Badagry axis on June 30, 2019 and the total bags of rice in them after counting is 981, aside 140 that is bad as it drenched.
‘’The registration numbers of the trucks include AGL665XL, AAA534DU, GGE427XU and LXR27XV, while most of the trucks were reconstructed and reinforced to withstand pressure, with the capacity to convey large quantities of smuggled goods and easily access the marshy terrain.
‘’Similarly, the unit made another set of contraband rice seizures involving two (2) mini trucks that conveyed a total of 543 bags of 50kg of the products on the 3rd of July 2019. However, the total number of seized rice from the seven (7) trucks is 1,524 with N20,196,506.00 DPV,’’ said DC Yahaya.
He thanked CGC Col Hammed Ali (rtd) for the support given to the Force in the discharge of its function and commended the officers and men of the Force for their dedication to the assignment given to them. Warning smugglers, he has this to say: ‘’For the smugglers, I can only advise them to stir clear of Zone ‘A’ and embrace federal government business policy, failure which they will have us to contend with. We shall continue to engage them in the battle against illicit trade until they turn new leaf.’’