Zone ‘D’ Customs seize foreign rice, PMS, other items worth N126m in six months
The Federal Operations Unit, Zone ‘D’ of the Nigeria Customs Service (NSC) made seizure of contraband goods, including foreign rice, vehicles, second hand clothes, among other items, valued at N126,560,131.25K between January and June, 2022.
The Comptroller, FOU, Adesanmi Omiye, made the disclosure on Thursday at a press conference, held at the zonal headquarters in Bauchi.
Omiye informed that the unit’s concerted efforts in suppression of smuggling activities continued to yield good results as a result of its operatives’ commitment and determination.
The Comptroller informed that items seized within the zone in the first six months of this year included 605 bags of 50kg foreign parboiled rice; seven used vehicles, which were used as means of conveyance of the contraband; 54 bales of secondhand clothes and 215 cartons of foreign soap.
Other seized items, according to Omiye are 42 cartons of foreign spaghetti; 102 pieces of dried donkey skin; 69 sacks of foreign used shoes, among others.
“I am glad to inform you that the unit’s concerted efforts in suppression of smuggling activities have continued to yield good results despite the insurgency in some parts of the zone. The operatives of the Unit apart from blocking and suppressing smuggling within the Zone have made the following seizures:
“605 bags of 50kg foreign parboiled rice, seven used vehicles (means of conveyance), 54 bales of second hand clothes, 215 cartons of foreign soap and 42 cartons of foreign spaghetti.
“Others are: 102 pieces of dried donkey skin, 69 sacks of foreign used shoes, 150 jerry cans of petroleum product – 20 litres each (engine oil) and 20 jerry cans of PMS – 25 liters each and 50 cartons of Ringer Lactates (Drugs).
“The cumulative Duty Paid Value (DPV) of all the seizures amounts to One Hundred and Twenty-Six Million, Five Hundred and Sixty Thousand, One Hundred Thirty One Naira, Twenty Five Kobo (N126,560,131.25K),” Omiye informed.
He further informed that three suspects were arrested in connection.with the seizures within the period under review, adding that they had since been released on bail.
The seizure of good and arrests made by the operatives, according to the zonal Comptroller, were in accordance with the provision of Sections 8 and 158 (power to patrol freely) of the Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA) Cap C45 Laws of the Federation Republic of Nigeria 2004 as amended.
He added that sharing of information, intelligence gathering and doggedness of the officers/men of the Federal Operations Unit, Zone ‘D’ in making the zone unbearable for smugglers contributed largely to making what he described as “unprecedented seizures”.
He warned smugglers to repent from their nefarious activities, warning that the Nigeria Customs Service would not relent in its efforts at ridding the zone of smugglers.
Omiye, however, solicited support of Nigerians with genuine information to aid the Customs in eradicating smuggling in the zone and the country at large.
According to him, doing this would boost the country’s economy, which he asserted would in turn make the government provide the needed amenities for the people.
“Let me use this medium to plead with well-meaning Nigerians to assist in providing genuine information that could aid in eradicating the menace of smuggling in the zone and the country at large.
“They have to know that eradicating smuggling in this country will boost the economy which will make the Federal Government provide social amenities to the citizenry,” he said.
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