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Customs FOU ‘A’ shatters smuggling ring, recovers over N1.10 bn in seized goods including 30 exotic cars

Arrests 14
suspects connected with 125 seizures
Moves 42 trailers
of seized rice, other items to IDP camp
Comptroller Mohammed Uba briefing newsmen on the FOU ‘A’  recent anti-smuggling operations 

The Nigeria Customs Service, Federal
Operations Unit Zone A, Ikeja in its sustained anti-smuggling operations has
hunted down some smugglers and recorded over One billion, ten million(N1.10 billion) Naira as duty paid value for the seized items.

Briefing newsmen on the development on
Wednesday at the Command, Comptroller Mohammed Uba said that besides the seized
contraband, the Unit also recovered over twenty-eight million Naira (N28
million) from underpayments by some importers.

He said “the Unit through its
interventions recovered twenty-eight million, eight hundred and sixty thousand,
seven hundred and eight Naira only (N28, 860,788.00) from underpayments.”

The 30 detained/seized vehicles
include 7 Toyota Hilux (2018 models), 3 Toyota Prado Jeep (2017), 1 Range
Rover, 1 Ford Edge (2015).

Other seized items are 5,516 bags of
foreign parboiled rice, 1078 cartons of frozen poultry products, 216 jerry cans
of vegetable oil, bales of used clothing, used tyres, and 8 sacks of Indian
hemp weighing 134 kg.

Uba, however, said that the
Presidential Committee on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) chaired by the
Comptroller General of Customs, Rtd. Col. Hameed Ali, has approved the
evacuation of some of the seized items including 42 trailers load of rice,
cooking oil and bales of used clothing to the Borno State Government for
distribution to the IDPs.

Warning prospective smugglers Uba said
“Let me advise these economic saboteurs as well as fraudulent importers to
invest their resources towards legitimate trade and desist from engaging in
smuggling activities, as the Service and indeed the Unit will not renege on our
statutory functions, most especially in suppressing smuggling.”

While encouraging Nigerians to always
report suspected smuggling activities in their areas, the comptroller also
commended the operatives of the Unit for their job efficiency in suppressing
smuggling and thereby enhancing trade.

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