FOU Ikeja seizes contrabands worth N200.9 million

Comptroller Garba handing over the seized drugs to Mr. Kingsley Ejiofor, Director of Investigation and Enforcement of NAFDAC
By Christy Olanrele
Contrabands worth a total of Two Hundred Million Nine Hundred and Ninety Five Thousand, Six Hundred and Forty One Naira, Eight Kobo {N200,955,641.8} were seized by the Federal Operations Unit, Zone A, of the Nigeria Customs Service between June 13 and July 10 2017.
This was disclosed by the Customs Area Controller of the Unit, Comptroller Mohammed Uba Garba during a press conference at Ikeja in Lagos.
Garba also said the Unit recovered a total sum of Twenty Eight Million Nine Hundred and Fifty Four Thousand, Four Hundred and Forty Eight Naira, Seventy Five Kobo only (N28,954,448) from duty payments and demand notices on general goods through wrong classification, transfer of value, and short change in duty payment, making a cumulative of N229,950,089.8 in the  period under review.
Fifteen suspects, according to the Customs boss, were arrested in connection with 40 different seizures comprising vegetables oil, foreign parboiled rice, frozen poultry products, smuggled vehicles, medicaments, used Tyres, and various general.
The CAC said the Unit recently intercepted 1,442 cartons of tramadol 225/120mg in container number MSKU 98895 1 x 40ft and a MAN Diesel truck with Reg No RRU 513 x A along Apapa-Oshodi and Ijebu Expressways, wandering what could have happened if such drugs got to the public.
The drugs were be handed over to National Agency for Foods and Drug Administrative Control (NAFDAC) by Comptroller Garba to Mr. Kingsley Ejiofor, the Director of Investigational Enforcement of NAFDAC.
Comptroller Garba went further to reveal that the Unit seized seven containers that contravened Customs law by means of false declaration and breach of import prohibition list by trade.
According to him, “following series of infractions on some containers intercepted based on information, we seized seven containers that that contravened Customs law by means of false declaration and breach of import prohibition list by trade. While three of the containers carried  pieces of used tyres , used fridges, used double electric burner, the other containers carried 499 cartons of Eva soap as against poultry incubator declared in the SGD.  ‘This act of false declaration falls under section 46 [d],[e], [f] of CEMA Cap C45 LFN 2004, which tantamount to outright seizure. You can see how clearly the Government loses revenue to these economic saboteurs.
“Just yesterday (Tuesday), we intercepted one DAF truck with Reg No. DAL 543 zx CARRYING 1200 Cartons of smuggled poultry products along Lagos Ibadan expressway. Similarly, container No. BOMU 588006/6 1X 40ft conveying 400 bales of second hand clothing was seized.”
Thanking the Comptroller General of Customs for support to the Unit, Garba acknowledged the gallant performance and doggedness of his officers and men combating smuggling and smugglers towards savaging the economy of the nation.
 “The commitment, doggedness, resilience and diligence of the officers and men the FOU A for foiling the antics of smugglers who used, different method for concealment cannot be over emphasized,” said Comptroller Garba.
While receiving the drugs on behalf of NAFDAC, Mr Kinglsley Ejiofor, Director of Investigational Enforcement of NAFDAC, lamented over the implication of the drugs imported from India
Commending the Nigeria Customs Service for a job weldone, Ejiofor said  “Words cannot describe how elated we are, these drugs would have destroyed the society, if it entered successfully. We know the implication of any drugs that is above prescription level.”

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