…Seize Contraband Of N91m DPV In One Week
The Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘C’ Owerri has continue to intensify its effort in thwarting the illicit activities of smugglers in and around the zone. Barely a week the unit showcased various seizures made by its gallant and unrelenting officers, the Unit has made more seizures of foreign rice and other items with a duty paid value of N91m
Addressing news men on Tuesday in Owerri, the Customs Area Controller (CAC) Comptroller Olusemire Kayode called on smugglers to turn a new leaf by supporting government policies in other to build the economy of the nation.
He affirmed that officers and men of the Unit remain unrelenting and resolute in bringing smuggling to its barest minimum in the zone.
According to the FOU Zone C anti smuggling czar, despite all efforts, advocacy and plea for this economy saboteur’s to stop their illicit act of smuggling, they are still neck deep in it.
Hinting on the smuggled items he said “We have here a trailer containing 670 bags of Tomato foreign rice. This time the rice was re-bagged to show that it was Patriot Rice from Argungun in Kebbi state, whereas it is foreign rice. The original bags meant for them are foreign. It was re-bagged as a disguise but we got the information and picked it up at Ibilo.
That shows people will not relent. Smugglers are deviants in the society. No matter what you tell them, no matter government policy, their own is to see how they will sabotage government efforts. No matter their antics we are always one step ahead and we will always get them,” he quipped.
He also disclosed that another heavy duty vehicle, popularly called tipper used for transporting granite, was intercepted along Akwa Ibom axis, concealed with 275 bags of foreign rice.
Speaking further, the CAC hinted that the Unit had written to Enugu State Transport Company on three of their vehicles intercepted with bales of second hand clothing concealed within. He said smuggling of second hand clothing has contributed heavily to the woes of the textile industry, adding that investigations were ongoing and all culprits will be prosecuted.
Comptroller Olusemire who decried the activities of smugglers as it negatively affects the socio economic wellbeing of the country however stated that the Service is not relenting in its mission to suppress smuggling, and protection of the national borders, amongst others.
Calling on the general public for their support in the fight against smuggling activities, Olusemire assured of nipping in the bud their nefarious activities.