Customs FOU 'A' shatters smuggling ring, recovers over N1.10 bn in seized goods including 30 exotic cars

·        Arrests 14 suspects connected with 125 seizures
·        Moves 42 trailers of seized rice, other items to IDP camp

Comptroller Mohammed Uba briefing newsmen on the FOU 'A'  recent anti-smuggling operations 

The Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit Zone A, Ikeja in its sustained anti-smuggling operations has hunted down some smugglers and recorded over One billion, ten million(N1.10 billion) Naira as duty paid value for the seized items.

Briefing newsmen on the development on Wednesday at the Command, Comptroller Mohammed Uba said that besides the seized contraband, the Unit also recovered over twenty-eight million Naira (N28 million) from underpayments by some importers.

He said “the Unit through its interventions recovered twenty-eight million, eight hundred and sixty thousand, seven hundred and eight Naira only (N28, 860,788.00) from underpayments.”

The 30 detained/seized vehicles include 7 Toyota Hilux (2018 models), 3 Toyota Prado Jeep (2017), 1 Range Rover, 1 Ford Edge (2015).

Other seized items are 5,516 bags of foreign parboiled rice, 1078 cartons of frozen poultry products, 216 jerry cans of vegetable oil, bales of used clothing, used tyres, and 8 sacks of Indian hemp weighing 134 kg.

Uba, however, said that the Presidential Committee on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) chaired by the Comptroller General of Customs, Rtd. Col. Hameed Ali, has approved the evacuation of some of the seized items including 42 trailers load of rice, cooking oil and bales of used clothing to the Borno State Government for distribution to the IDPs.

Warning prospective smugglers Uba said “Let me advise these economic saboteurs as well as fraudulent importers to invest their resources towards legitimate trade and desist from engaging in smuggling activities, as the Service and indeed the Unit will not renege on our statutory functions, most especially in suppressing smuggling.”

While encouraging Nigerians to always report suspected smuggling activities in their areas, the comptroller also commended the operatives of the Unit for their job efficiency in suppressing smuggling and thereby enhancing trade.