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Customs FOU ‘A’ seizes contraband with over N1.1 billion DPV

 Nabs 10 suspects

Comptroller Mohammed Uba briefing newsmen at the FOU ‘A’ Lagos

The Nigeria
Customs Service
, Federal
Operations Unit Zone A has
21 exotic vehicles  valued at Four Hundred and Eighty-Four Million, Four
Hundred and Fifty-Eight Thousand, Seven Hundred and Seventy-Eight Naira,
Ninety-Two Kobo (N484, 458, 778. 92)
from June 13 to July
24, 2018.

Controller in charge
of the
Unit, Comptroller Mohammed Uba , disclosed this on Wednesday, while
conducting journalists round the seizures
in Lagos.
Giving a breakdown, Uba said the vehicles
1 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado (2016)
, 1 Mercedes Benz G-500 (2016), 1 Toyota Hilux (2017), 3
Lexus jeep GX460 and LX570 (2017),
and 6 Toyota Hiace Bus (2018).
The other vehicles are 1 Toyota
Hilux Bullet Proof (2014), 1 Toyota Corolla (2018), 2 Toyota Camry (2016), 1 Honda
Civic (2016), 1 Honda Accord (2016), 1 Dodge Charger (2016) among others.
The Controller disclosed that while some of the vehicles were
intercepted along Ijebu-Ode Expressway, 10 of the vehicles were evacuated from
Oluwalogbon Motors at 164 Awolowo Way, Ikeja, Lagos based on credible
He said: “As
I speak to you, nobody has come to claim ownership. Let me use this opportunity
to urge the owners of these vehicles to come forward with valid Customs
clearance documents otherwise they will be liable to seizure and subsequent
forfeiture to the federal government in line with then laws of the land.
For the avoidance of doubt, our
action is in line with the provisions of section 147 of Customs and Excise
Management Act (CEMA) CAP 45. Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 (power to
search premises) and section 158 of CEMA, CAP 45 Laws of the Federation of
Nigeria (power to patrol freely)
Uba said
that among the seizures
an Iveco truck with registration number LAM 283 LG
, which was intercepted along
Ijebu-Ode –Ore road carrying 498 cartons of Codeine Cough Syrup 100ml with each
carton containing 200 bottles
He said;  “The substance is valued at One Hundred and
Ninety-Nine Million, two Hundred Thousand Naira (N199, 200, 000.00) with two
suspects in our custody.
The drugs and the suspects will be
handed over to NAFDAC for further investigation and possible prosecution in a
court of competent jurisdiction. The fight against drug abuse and illicit drugs
is a collective effort and if all hands are on deck, we will make our nation a
drug free society
The CAC added
that two containers were seized during the period under review saying that
while 1x40ft container no PCIU922650/8 was seized for carrying 525 bales of
second hand clothing as against used motorcycles declared in SGD, the other
1x40ft container no PCIU871664/5 was seized for carrying 11 jumbo bales of
jeans, 365 cartons of new slippers, 145 cartons of new bags as against adhesive
“This is a clear case of false declaration which is tantamount to
seizure. We are still investigating this and anyone found culpable will face
the full wrath of the law”, he
Uba said
that the unit within the period under review intercepted various contraband
with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of One Billion, One Hundred and Twenty Million,
Seven Hundred and Fourteen Thousand, Three Hundred and Thirty-Eight Naira,
Twelve Kobo (N1, 120, 714, 338. 12) following heightened anti-smuggling
He said: “The
seized items include: 21 exotic vehicles, 9,504 bags of foreign parboiled rice
(15 trailers), 436 jerrycans of Vegetable Oil, 333 cartons of frozen poultry
products, 287 bales of used clothing, 198 pieces of used tyres among others.
Just as I told you in our last
meeting, it’s our obligation to support the federal government’s policy on
rice, encourage local rice farmers, the millers and patronize our own
nutritional rice which by significance will create employment opportunities for
our unemployed teaming youths.
“Within the period under review, we also recovered Sixty-Seven
Million, Three Hundred and Seventy-Five Thousand, Six Hundred and Seventy
Naira, Five Kobo (N67, 375, 670. 5) making a cumulative of One Billion, One
Hundred and Eighty-Eight Million, Ninety Thousand, Nine Naira (N1, 188, 090,
009). Ten (10) suspects have been arrested in connection with these 143

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