In line with the anti -smuggling Activities, the Federal Operation Unit of Nigerian Custom Service (NCS) , Zone A, Ikeja, has announced another round of seizures with Duty Paid Value (DPV)N1.34BN.
The seizures which were recorded in less than a month include 15 trailers of foreign parboiled rice, 1,464 cartons of frozen poultry products, 870 Jerrycans of vegetable oil, 273 bales of used clothings and 592 pieces of used tyres.
According to the Area Controller of the Command, Comptroller Mohammed Uba, other seizures were 15 exotic vehicles, made up of 3 Toyota C-HR (2018 models) , 1 Toyota Camry LE (2018) 1 Toyota Prado (2018) 1 Toyota Hilux (2017), 1 Ford F150 ( 2017) 1 Pajero Jeep ( 2017) and 1 Mercedes Benz ( 2017).
Uba said that 12 suspects were arrested in connection with the seizures made by the Command.
He said that four containers were seized based on false declarations by the importers.
Garba said operatives of his Command had to intensify their efforts in order to meet up with different tricks adopted smugglers.
He also assured that the Command will continue to make sure smugglers count their losses until they repent from sabotaging our economy.
Noting that smuggling cannot be eradicated totally, he however maintained that it can be brought its barest minimum if all hands were put on deck.
He commended the comptroller General, Col. Handed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) and his officers who put their lives in danger to make the seizure.
“ In order to ensure full implementation of the Government policy banning the importation of rice through land borders and following headquarters directive on same, we re-strategized our operational modalities and beam our searchlight at the Creek, Water side, and at various locations in southwest zone and hence the reason for the massive rice seizure within the period under review. We will continue to make sure smugglers within our areas of jurisdiction count their losses until they repent from sabotaging our economy. As you already know, smuggling is a global phenomenon that cannot be eradicated entirely but if all hands are on deck it will be reduced to its barest minimum”.he said
The Controller advised corporate organizations to monitor their vehicles so that they will not be used for smuggling by their drivers, adding that this has been the case over time.
“it is ,very difficult dealing with human beings especially people with selfish interest, these companies cannot sack all their drivers at once as this would affect their businesses; but we have been assured that they would work towards preventing the use of their vehicles for smuggling purposes, so as to prevent seizure or detention of the vehicles in future”.he said
Also the seizure of exotic cars from car shops,uba said the owners are required to produce evidence of payment of duties and after that the will have thier Cara back
He added “Once the required documents are produced and appropriate money has been paid, which must have been confirmed by the Customs headquarters based on appropriate documents and that procedures has not been violated, the vehicles will be released to the owners ,believing they will not get involved in such again