Federal Operations Units, FOU Zone C, Owerri in its anti-smuggling drives have recorded a tremendous seizure between January to March 2021.
The seizure of various contrabands were made within its jurisdiction which covers south-south/south east zones with a duty paid value of One Billion, Two Hundred and Eighty Million, Eight Hundred and Eighty Five Thousand, Eleven Naira Only (N1,280,885,011.00).
Customs Area Controller of the Unit, Comptroller Yusuf Lawal Psc(+) made this known while briefing news men in Owerri on the activities and achievement of the Unit for the first quarter of 2021 which is January to March 2021.
Comptroller Yusuf hinted that based on the units intervention his officers and men were able to recovered the sum of Seven Million, Five Hundred and Fifty Seven Thousand, Seven Hundred and Thirty One Naira only (N7,557,731) from demand notices raised, making a cumulative sum of One Billion, Two Hundred and Eighty Eight Million, Four Hundred and Forty Two Thousand, Seven Hundred and Forty Two Naira only (N1,288,442,742.00) within the months under review.
The Units head states that the detained and seized items are 2,976 bags of 50kg each of foreign parboiled rice, 1,024 cartons of Colcaps medicament without NAFDAC certification, 290 cartons of Foreign Eva Soap, 204 Cartons of Foreign Tomatoes Paste and 130 Jumbo bales of used clothing.
Others are 5,200 live ammunition cartridges, 6 exotic vehicles; one Toyota land cruiser bullet proof 2019 model without End User Certificate from USA, one Toyota Hilux 2020 model, one Toyota Corolla 2018 model among others.
Appreciating his officers and men for the job well done , he said “This feat wouldn’t have been possible without the logistics support from the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) and the entire Management of the NCS. Let me use this opportunity to appreciate you, the media for your continuous rapport and further seek for a fair and balanced reportage of our activities.
“I urge all well-meaning Nigerians to support the Service in the fight against smuggling by providing credible and timely intelligence that will help the Unit reduce smuggling to its barest minimum as we hope to improve more in the second quarter by intensifying our surveillance” he quipped.