By Seun Ibiyemi
The Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone A of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has announced the seizure of contrabands with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N17.5billion.
In a press statement made available to Nigerian NewsDirect by the Public Relations Officer of the unit, stated that the seizure were made from January to September 2020.
According to the acting Customs Area Controller, Usman Yahaya said the Federal Operations Unit of the service was created to compliment the area commands to ensure that revenue accruable to the federal government is not lost to depart and unpatriotic smugglers through their sharp practices
“From January to September 2020, the unit increased the Federal government revenue with the sum of N1.6bn as revenue from demand notices (DN) raised on cargoes for either being under declared, wrongly classified or falsely declared
“117 units of vehicles and general goods were seized for various of fences worth a Duty Paid Value of N17.4bn
“The unit had in the past intercepted containers laden with pump action rifles, tramadol drugs and smuggled cannabis among other dangerous substance and goods that would have succeeded in getting into wrong hands
“We remain resolute at enforcing the federal governments bank on the importation of all prohibited goods into the country, especially now that the land borders are closed
Yahaya advised importers to make proper declarations and ensure compliance with the extent clearance procedure
He also warned smugglers to desist from sabotaging the nation’s economy through their activities
“We shall remain firm and resolute in discharging our duties in accordance with the extant laws without fears or intimidation