The Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone A of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has stated that its officers and men recorded contrabands with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N10billion in a single seizure.
This was contained in a press statement issued by the Public Relations Officer of the unit, Peter Duniya who said the seizure took place over the weekend.
In the statement, the acting Customs Area Controller, Usman Yahaya said the seizure was made at Ido-Eruwa road, Oyo State and the contraband comprised of 34 fairly used and new vehicles which were laden with second-hand clothes, Indian hemp and foreign parboiled rice.
According to the Controller, ” I welcome you to this historic press briefing which is aimed at showcasing a large scale of smuggled vehicles laden with different kinds of contraband goods. Some economic saboteurs met their waterloo when our operatives acted based on credible information, made a single seizure at Ido, Eruwa Road-Ibadan of Oyo State.
‘’The contrabands include 34 different brands of both new and used vehicles laden with banned items such as second-hand clothes, foreign parboiled rice, and Indian hemp.”
Yahaya further stated that though there was stiff resistance from the smugglers who engaged the support of hoodlums, the Customs operatives displayed a high level of professionalism and restraint to secure the contraband to the Customs warehouse in Lagos.
“Our operatives were met with stiff resistance from a combination of smugglers, hoodlums and villagers. However, with the application of high level of professionalism, the patrol teams were able to bring all the
vehicles down to Lagos without any casualty.”
He however warned smugglers to desist from engaging in economic activities that sabotaged the government policies of making Nigeria self-sufficient in food production.
“While we appreciate the support and the cooperation of patriotic members of the public in carrying out our mandate by providing timely and useful information, however, recalcitrant economic saboteurs should note that they would continue to count their losses because we are better mobilized, organized and backed by the extant laws to be always ahead of them,” he concluded.