FOU ‘A’ Intercepts Pangolin Shells, Elephant Tusks Worth N493.475, Others

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The anti-smuggling czar of Federal Operations Unit, Zone,A Ikeja,,Comptroller  Mohammed  Uba has again  demonstrated high level of tamiing  the antics of the economic saboteurs. 

In the month  of February 2018, the unit has  seized 55 Sacks of Pangolin Shells weighing 2001Kg Valued at N408,319,317 and  218 pieces  of Elephant Tusks Weighing 343kg also Valued  N85,156,649.96.

The Unit also intercepted 18 assorted  Vehicles worth N303 million coming through unapproved routes.

Other Items seized within the period includes, 4,201 bags of foreign parboiled rice, 2,619 Cartons of frozen poultry products , 1,105 jerrycans  of Vegetable Oil, 2,637 pieces of used tyres,  and 1,333 bales of used Clothing among  Others.

The total Duty Paid Value for all the seized goods in February is put at N1,035,232,046.13.

Briefing Newsmen, the Unit boss, Mohammed Uba  said ‘You will recall that the responsibilities of the NCS have undoubtedly increase tremendously overtime because of the implementation of different International Protocols and Conventions.

The Convention of International  Trade in endangered Species(CITES 1973) entails that  Customs administration globally protects wild life by intercepting illegal trade on such animals”. 

While  handing over the pangolin shells and elephant tusk to the Lagos State Coordinator of Nigeria Environment Standards and Regulatory Enforcement Agency(NESREA) Mr Nosa  Aigbejo, Uba said the items were seized by  the warehouse operations team  led by Assistant Comptroller Mutalib  Sule, while on Intelligence reports at Allen Avenue, Ikeja,Lagos State.

On the seized  vehicles which includes,a Rolls Royce, a Chrysler, Audi Q7,a Land Rover HSE, a Toyota Venza among others ranging from 2008 to 2015 models, Uba said they came into the country through Land borders which were unapproved routes by the federal government.

He said some of the vehicles were intercepted along Ijebu Ode in Ogun State.

Within the period, the Unit also intercepted 1/20ft Container falsely declared,while 17 suspects were also arrested in  connection with the 90 seizures including Mr KO Sin Ying, a Chinese National.

A total of N67,945,158 was also recovered through Demand Notices  making a cumulative figure of N1,103,177,204 within the period.

Uba  thanked  the media for their continued supports and urge them to sensitize and educate the general public on the effects of smuggling to the Nation’s economy.

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