Customs advises fraudulent importers to channel energy into legitimate trade

Comptroller Mohammed Uba with officers of the Unit

FOU Lagos Impounds over N1billion contraband goods

The Controller of Federal Operation Unit Zone A, Lagos, of the Nigeria Customs Service, Comptroller Mohammed Uba has advised fraudulent importers to invest their resources in legitimate trade and desist from smuggling activities as the Unit intercepted various contraband goods with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N1.03 billion.

Comptroller Mohammed Uba gave the advice while briefing the press in Lagos on Wednesday May 16, 2018 on items that were seized between April 10th and May 15th, 2018 by the Unit.

He noted that Unit would continue to make the zone uncomfortable for smugglers to operate and urged Nigerians to report any smuggling activities in their areas.

Items seized, according Uba, were 30 exotic vehicles which included seven Toyota Hilux (2018 model); three Toyota Prado Jeep (2017 model), Range Rover and Ford Edge (2015 model), among others.

5,516 bags of foreign parboiled rice in nine trailers; 1, 078 cartoons of frozen poultry products and 216 jerry cans of vegetable oil; 173 bales of used clothes, 683 pieces of used tyres and eight sacks of Indian hemp weighing 134kg, among others.

The command also seized two 40ft-container due to false declaration with DPV of over N25 million.

According to him, 14 suspects were arrested in connection with the seizures were currently undergoing investigation, while the Indian hemp also confiscated would be handed over to the National Drug Law and Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for further investigation.

The Controller informed that the Unit through interventions recovered N28.86 million from underpayments, bringing the total value of items seized within the weeks to N1.03 billion.

 

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