By Innocent Orok
The Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone ‘A’ of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) over the weekend announced a single seizure of contrabands with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N10billion.
According to a press statement by the Public Relations Officer of the Unit, Peter Duniya, the Acting Customs Controller of the Unit, Deputy Comptroller Usman Yahaya said the seizure were made at Ido-Eruwa road in one day.
The seized contraband comprises of 34 fairly used and new Vehicles which were laden with second hand clothes, Indian Hemp and Foreign Parboiled Rice.
Showcasing a large scale of smuggled vehicles laden with different kinds of contraband goods. He said “Some economic saboteurs met their waterloo when our operatives acted based on credible information and made this single seizure at Ido, Eruwa Road-Ibadan of Oyo State. The contrabands include 34 different brands of both new and
used vehicles laden with banned items such as second hand clothes, foreign parboiled rice and Indian Hemp.”
However, Yahaya further stated that though there were stiff resistance from the smugglers who engaged the supports of hoodlums, but the Customs operatives displayed high level of professionalism and restraint to secure the items to the Customs warehouse in Lagos.
“Our operatives were met with stiff resistance from a combination of
smugglers, hoodlums and villagers. However, with the application of
high level of professionalism, the patrol teams were able to bring all the
vehicles down to Lagos without any casualty.”
Yahaya warned smugglers to desist from engaging in economic activities that sabotaged the government policies of making Nigeria self sufficient in food production.
“While we appreciate the support and the cooperation of patriotic members of the public in carrying out our mandate by providing timely and useful information, however, recalcitrant economic saboteurs should note that, they would continue to count their losses because we are better mobilized, organized and backed by the extant laws to be always ahead of them,” he concluded.