FOU Zone ‘A’ Seizes 7,029 Bags Of Foreign Rice, 25 Tokunbo Vehicles

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The officers and men of Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘A’, Ikeja, Lagos has executed a series of operations resulting in the interception and seizure of approximately 12 trailer loads of foreign parboiled rice totalling 7,029 50kg bags in number.

The Unit also seized various goods which includes 35,100 liters of premium motor spirit (PMS, 1,100 liters of diesel, 1 40-foot container carrying 360 bales of used clothes, 1 40-foot container containing 150 cartons of ladies’ handbags, 50 bales of nickers, and other falsely declared items

Others are 1120- coller of unprocessed wood, 106 cartons of foreign frozen poultry, 55 pieces of used fridges, 110 pieces of used compressors, 148 cartons of foreign soap, 121 cartons of expired hair oil and 25 units of vehicles (Tokunbo).

Addressing news men at the Command, the Acting Comptroller General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR disclosed that Investigations into some of the seizures are ongoing and fourteen suspects have been apprehended in connection with various offenses, including violating import/export guidelines, concealment, undervaluation, wrong classification, smuggling, and contravening policy directives.

CGC Adewale Adeniyi hinted that the cumulative duty paid value of the intercepted goods amounts to an impressive One Billion, Seven Hundred and Fifty-five Million, Eighty Thousand, Eight Hundred and Ninety-eight Naira (1,755,080,898) only.

He added that the Unit generated Seventy-two Million, Eight Hundred and Seven Thousand, Twenty-five Naira, Eleven Kobo (N72,807,025.11) in revenue through meticulous documentary checks and the issuance of demand notices on consignments that were found to have paid lesser amounts than the appropriate customs duty.

He however urged Importers and licensed agents to make sincere declarations. adhere to existing import and export guidelines, and avoid the risk of losing their investments. “Compliance is not only a legal obligation but also a strategic choice that ensures the smooth and efficient flow of goods across our borders” CGC stressed.

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