The Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operation Unit (FOU) Zone ‘A’, has stated that it seized 142,677 seizures of different items in January with the total Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N30,000,000,000.
The Acting Controller of the Unit, Deputy Comptroller U.B Yahaya made this known while showcasing the seized items at the head office of the Unit in Ikeja, Lagos yesterday.
The seized items were 41,652 bags of 50kg smuggled parboiled rice; 1,356 bags of 25kg smuggled parboiled rice; 4,529kg of Indian hemp, 66 packs of Tramadol; 5,849 cartons of fake drugs; 266 units of means of conveyance, 218 used vehicles; 1,660 bales of textiles; 2,152 kegs of 25kg vegetable oil; 6,985 cartons of frozen poultry products, and 985 kegs of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).
The Controller who said 44 suspects were arrested in connection with the seizures noted that the smugglers who thought they could take advantage of the opening of the Seme border by the Federal Government to perpetrate their evil act were checkmated by his officers and men.
“The enormous tasks before the Unit cannot be overemphasized as the enforcement hub of the South West Zone. As smuggling and smugglers become more sophisticated and deadly, the Unit remains resolute and prepared to smoke them out.
“From January 1st, 2021 till date, our operatives in the field have been attacked at various points and times while on and out of operations. Some of the attacks resulted in the maiming and killing of officers and the destruction of official vehicles.
“In spite of the hostile posture of these dare devil smugglers; we remain unshaken in fulfilling our mandates.
“The opening of Seme border by the Federal Government, smugglers thought they could cash on it to perpetrate their evil acts, but the Unit left them with heavy losses as evidenced in the listed seizures,” said the controller.
However, DC Yahaya maintained that the Unit would continue to re-strategize to ensure that smugglers don’t have a hiding place.