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Customs FOU ‘A’ seizes N67m contraband in one week

Some of the seized items

The Nigeria Customs Service
(NCS), Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘A’, on Wednesday disclosed that it
intercepted contraband worth N67 million between January 7 and 14.

Contained in a statement, Public
Relations Officer of the Customs FOU ‘A’, Jerry Attah, said the Zone made the
seizures through its anti-smuggling operations.

A breakdown of the items seized
showed 2,065 jerry-cans of vegetable oil (25 litres each); 1,185 bags of 50kg
foreign parboiled rice; 1500 jerry-cans (25 litres) of diesel, with duty paid
value of N67 million along various unapproved routes within its areas of

Attah said the results of the
operations were as a result of blockage of all revenue leakages, trade
facilitation, and intensification of anti-smuggling operations at various entry
points: Seaports, land borders, and airports within the South West zone.

The new Ag. Controller of Customs
FOU, Zone ‘A’ Usman Yahaya, warned smugglers against the dangers of engaging in
illegal trade, as some have started counting their losses.

“You will agree with me that the
fight against smuggling can only be won if all hands are on deck,” he said, and
called on members of the media and the general public to support the fight by
providing necessary intelligence that could assist the Service in reducing
smuggling to its barest minimum.

Prior to this time, Yahaya was
the Coordinator of the Strike Force, Zone ‘A’ before he was posted to FOU ‘A’
as the Acting Controller.

His redeployment was a part of
the strategies to re-jig and reposition the Service for greater efficiency and
effectiveness, especially in the areas of revenue generation, trade
facilitation as well as combating smuggling.

Yahaya is thankful to the
management of the Service for considering him worthy of handling the position,
which he assured to run with unalloyed commitment.

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