By Ajibola Abayomi
N5.1 billion Duty Paid Value (DPV) on smuggled 58 vehicles, 39,664 bags of 50kg rice and others have been recovered by the Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone ‘A’ of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).
These represented seizures recorded from August 17 to December 10, 2018 under the incumbent head of the unit, Comptroler Mohammed Aliyu.
Other seized items were seize 3,252 cartons of frozen poultry products, 2,887 jerry cans of vegetable oil, 3,792 parcels of Indian Hemp, 5x20ft containers of unprocessed wood, 2,520 bales of used clothing, 710 cartons of tramadol, and 17 sacks (510kg) of pangolin scale, among others.
Aliyu said the unit is determination to succeed at all cost as the nation’s second layer of defence and pledged to aggressively pursue the enforcement of federal government’s policy on self-sufficiency in food production.
According to him, others include revamping the nation’s economic recovery plan, strengthening national security and ameliorating the potential health hazards and negative impact of smuggled items to the average Nigerian. To succeed in this task, he urged all stakeholders to comply with all clearance procedures and extant laws.
Lamenting the dire consequences of illicit substances intercepted by the customs, including the recent successive seizures of tramadol and other regulated drugs at different ports in the country, Aliyu warned that no one knows the potential victims of the dangerous drugs.
As part of its contributions to the health, security and well-being of country, he said the FOU Zone A, Ikeja was offering citizens “the greatest New Year gift of the modest sacrifice by its officers and men in combating the menace of these illicit substances to protect the future of Nigeria’s endangered youths.”
He said that the unit would maintain total compliance to ensure “effective revenue generation, suppression of smuggling, facilitation of legitimate trade and protection of national security.