According to a statement by Mr. Jerry Attah, FOU Public Relation Officer, on Monday, he said “the Unit through its interventions recovered 63,555,123.25 from vehicles and other goods due to under-payment, undervalue and false declarations the case maybe making a cumulative of N250,466,623.25 between July and August 2016.”
He said, within July-August 2016, about 225 different seizures were recorded comprising foreign parboiled rice, frozen poultry products, fairly used vehicles popularly known as Tokunbo, and various general merchandise.
He gave the breakdown of the seizure as; foreign parboiled rice 4,474 quantity of 50kg, duty paid value of N29,133,000.00; frozen poultry products 7,676 cartons a duty paid value of N14,450,400.00; Vehicles 11units duty paid value of N8,775,000.00; merchandise including vegetable oil, new and old textiles, shoes, bags, use tyres and other a duty paid value N107,553,100.00. a cumulating to N186,911,500.00.
While commending the relentless efforts of his officers and men of the unit, the Controller, Federal Operations Unit, Zone ‘A’ Ikeja, Comptroller Umar Mohammed Dahiru said that even though the “nation is experiencing economic downturn, smuggling still persists and pledges the commitment of his Unit to thwart any antics that might be deployed by smugglers.”
He called on all patriotic Nigerians to help the Nigeria Customs Service in the fight against smuggling by providing necessary intelligence report “that will assist our operations for a better return on investment for legitimate traders
“We will continue to reflect and review our operational modalities towards sustaining the statutory mandate of anti-smuggling operations so as to keep the flag flying and warned the dare devil smugglers to repent from their nefarious acts or face the wrath of the law as the Unit has what it takes to always track them down.”
He added that 23 suspects were also apprehended and after thorough investigation they will be charged to court of competent jurisdiction for prosecution to serve as deterrent to others.