By Adegboyega Oni
The Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘A’ Ikeja has intercepted 2,065 jerrycans of vegetable oil 25liters each, 1,185 bags of 50kg foreign parboiled rice, 1500 jerrycans (25lts) of diesel, with a duty paid value of Sixty Seven Million, Three Hundred and Sixty Two Thousand, Five Hundred Naira only (67,362,500.00).
This development took place from January 7th to 14th January 2020 along different unapproved routes within our areas of coverage within a week Deputy Comptroller Usman Yahaya assumed office as the Controller of the Unit.
This feat was achieved as a result of series of meetings the Controller held with various sectional heads, team/patrol leaders where he unveiled the management’s mandate given to him by the Comptroller General of Customs which includes blockage of all revenue leakages, trade facilitation and intensification of anti-smuggling operations at various entry points: seaports, land borders, and airport within our areas of jurisdiction in the south west zone.
DC Yahaya warned smugglers and ‘would be’ of the danger that lies ahead for them if they do not engage in legitimate trade, saying that the fight against smuggling is a collective one.
“You will agree with me that the fight against smuggling can only be won if all hands are on deck”. He called on all the members of the media and the general public to support the fight against smuggling by providing necessary intelligence that could assist the service in reducing smuggling to its barest minimum,’’ he said.
According to Jerry Attah, Public Relations Officer of the Unit, the redeployment of DC Yahaya by the Comptroller-General to FOU was part of his strategies to re-jig and reposition the service for greater efficiency and effectiveness especially in the areas of revenue generation, trade facilitation as well as combating smuggling.