Customs FOU ‘A’ seizes contraband with N2.2bn DPV

The Federal Operations Unit  Zone A’ of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Thursday  made public, seizures of different illegal imports with a duty paid value (DPV) of N2.2 billion.
Briefing newsmen on the seizures made, the Area Controller, Mr. Mohammed Aliyu, said that the seizures which were made between September 4 and October 3, include 22 exotic vehicles, 11,303 bags of foreign parboiled rice (equivalent of 18 trailers) and 2,410 frozen poultry products.
Aliyu said also seized were 853 jerrycans of vegetable oil, 245 parcels of Indian hemp, 4x40ft containers of unprocessed wood, 2,017 bales of used clothing, 283 cartons of various pharmaceuticals which were all without NAFDAC Registration number.
A breakdown of the seized goods showed that the various contraband had a total DPV of N2.01bn.
Among the 22 vehicles under detention/seizure were Nine Bullet proof vehicles including 4 Lexus Jeep LX570 (2016), 3 Land Cruiser Jeeps (2016) and 2 Mercedes Benz G63 and S550 (2014/2015), 1 Toyota Rav4 (2015), 3 Toyota Hilux (2018) and 2 Toyota Highlander (2018).
Other vehicles were 1 Toyota Prado (2018) 1 Toyota Land cruiser (2016), 1 Toyota Corolla, 1 Toyota Fortuner (2017), 1 Toyota Sequoia, 1 Lexus RX 350..
Aliyu said: “These 22 exotic Vehicles alone have a duty paid value of (N1,179,889,909.8) only. While some of the vehicles were intercepted at Ogere and Ijebu Ode expressway, the bullet Proof Vehicles were trailed and evacuated from some private residence in Victoria Island based on credible information.
He added that “The Command also recovered the sum of N220,025,938.8) from demand notices on vehicles and other general goods whos importers tried to cut corners at the seaports, airport and border stations in the guise of false declaration, transfer of value, and shortchange in duty payment that are meant for the Federal Government of Nigeria, making a cumulative of N2,237,979,446 within the weeks under review making it a landslide in recent times.
He said: “You will agree with me that smuggling is a global phenomenon, which cannot be curbed entirely, but can be brought to its barest minimum. Let me use this opportunity to praise the commitment and diligence of the officers and men of the FOU A for thwarting the antics of dare devil smugglers. I urge you the media and the general public to join us in the fight against smuggling considering the economic diversification effort of the Federal Government that is for the good and wellbeing of all Nigerians.
The Controller told newsmen that the  seized Indian hemp and the medicaments would be handed over to NDLEA and NAFDAC for thorough investigation.
Sending warnings to suspected smugglers, whom he described as economic saboteurs, the Controller said the Unit would always advance tactical strategies to make smuggling a regrettable venture for perpetrators.
He commended the officers for their  operations, and mentioned also that the Unit had arrested 28 suspects in connection with the 89 seizures.