The Ag. Controller of the FOU ‘A’,Lagos Usman Yahaya pointing to one of the seizures of gas cylinder filled with smuggled rice .
Assorted smuggled goods, worth N10 billion , have been intercepted by the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone A’ , barely two weeks after the Comptroller-General of Customs, Colonel Hameed Ali (Rtd) showcased various seizures made by the Unit , when he visted Lagos.
According to the Public Relations Officer of the FOU ‘A’, Jerry Attah ,in a statement he made available to the Marine and Economy Online , the latest seizure has demonstrated the fact that the anti smuggling drive of the Ag. Controller of the FOU ‘A’, Usman Yahaya has continued to yield more result .
Yahaya with a seized car filled with bags of smuggled rice.
The seizures include 1,393 bags of smuggled foreign parboiled rice, 187 jerrycans/66 drums of foreign vegetable oil ,625 Cartons of poultry products and 50 jerrycans of foreign vegetable oil from unapproved routes within Ogun State between February 5 to 17, 2020 based on surveillance and routine patrol.
The rice , vegetable oil and poultry products conveyed in 12 different motor vehicles and gas cylinders are of cumulative duty paid value of N40,144,250.00, while the DPV break down of the seized items include , rice, N27,860,000.00, Vegetable Oil N6,284,250.00 and frozen Poultry N6,000,000.00.
Jerricans of seized vegetable oil.
Commenting on the seizures, DC Usman Yahaya warned that unless the economic saboteurs repent from their unscrupulous activities, they will continue to count their losses, advising , legitimate traders to be compliant in their declarations as the unit is ever ready to facilitate their trade in line with world best practices.
While thanking the CG of Customs and the entire Management Team of the Service for providing necessary logistics and motivation that led to the feat, Yahaya called on all meaningful Nigerians to support the Customs fight against smuggling activities by providing intelligence that could assist the unit achieve more monumental seizures.