Contraband goods with a duty paid value of One Billion, Two Hundred and Eighty Million, Eight Hundred and Eighty-Five Thousand, Eleven Naira only (N1,280,885,011.00) have been seized by the Federal Operation Unit, Zone C, of the Nigeria Customs Service.
Also, the customs unit recovered the sum of Seven Million, Five Hundred and Fifty-Seven Thousand, Seven Hundred and Thirty-One Naira only (N7,557,731) from demand notices raised, making a cumulative sum of One Billion, Two Hundred and Eighty-Eight Million, Four Hundred and Forty-Two Thousand, Seven Hundred and Forty-Two Naira only (N1,288,442,742.00) within the months under review.
The Controller of the Unit Comptroller Yusuf Lawal stated this while addressing the media about the performance of the unit between January and March 2021 in Owerri, the Imo State capital yesterday.
The seized items include 2,976 bags of 50kg each of foreign parboiled rice, 1,024 cartons of Colcaps medicament without NAFDAC certification, 290 cartons of Foreign Eva Soap, 204 Cartons of Foreign Tomatoes Paste, 130 Jumbo bales of used clothing, 5,200 live ammunition cartridges, 6 exotic vehicles; one Toyota land cruiser bulletproof 2019 model without End User Certificate from NSA, one Toyota Hilux 2020 model, one Toyota Corolla 2018 model among others.
The controller stressed that the seizures and the recovered revenue wouldn’t have been possible without the support from the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) and the entire management of the customs.
He urged all well-meaning Nigerians to support the service in the fight against smuggling by providing credible and timely intelligence that will help the unit reduce smuggling to its barest minimum as we hope to improve more in the second quarter by intensifying our surveillance.