FOU Customs seizes 599 seizures worth of N8.6billion

Mohammed Garba, Controller of Seme Customs Command, Seme, Badagry

A total of 599 seizures were recorded by the Federal Operation Unit (FOU Ikeja) of the Nigeria Customs Service between January and June, 2018.

The Unit however generated a sum of N8.6 billion as duty and demand notices on the items sized within the period.

This was contained in the half year performance record of the FOU made available to PortNews by its Public Relations Officer, Jerry Attah.

The 599 seizures included 58 trailers of foreign parboiled rice, 167 units of vehicles, 8,987 cartons of poultry products, 4,586 jerry cans of vegetable oil, 3463 cartons of different pharmaceutical/medicaments, 370 parcels/98 sacks of Indian hemp and various general merchandizes.

Also intercepted during the period were 460 sacks of pangolin scales weighing 12,264kg and 218 elephant tusks.

The value of the pangolin and the elephant tusks, according the performance record, was value at N2.4 billion and it was the biggest seizure of endangered species in the history of the command. The command was commended by the Comptroller General of Customs Col Hameed Ali (retired) for the feat.

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