By Innocent Orok
Federal Operations Unit, Zone C, Owerri, an anti- smuggling arm of the Customs in his first quarter report says it has intercepted various contraband goods worth N1,280, 885,001 within its areas of jurisdiction which covers the South South South and South East Zones from January to March 2021.
Also, based on various interventions, the Unit also recovered the sum of N7,557,731 from Demand Notices (DN) raised, making a cumulative total sum of N1,288,442,742.00 gulped by the Unit within the months under review.
According to a press statement by the Unit’s Public Relations Officer, Deputy Superintendent of Customs Jerry Attsh
the detained and seized items includes, 2,976 bags of 50kg each of foreign parboiled rice, 1,024 cartons of Colcaps medicament without NAFDAC certification, 290 cartons of Foreign eva soap, 204 Cartons of Foreign tomatoes paste and 130 Jumbo bales of used clothing.
Others are 5,200 live ammunition cartridges, six exotic vehicles; one Toyota land cruiser bullet proof 2019 model without End User Certificate from the National Security Adviser ( NSA), one Toyota Hilux 2020 model, one Toyota Corolla 2018 model among others.
According to the Controller of the Unit,
COMPTROLLER YUSUF LAWAL Psc(+)
“This feat wouldn’t have been possible without the logistics support from the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) and the entire Management of the NCS. Let me use this opportunity to appreciate you, the media for your continuous rapport and further seek for a fair and balanced reportage of our activities.
” I urge all well meaning Nigerians to support the Service in the fight against smuggling by providing credible and timely intelligence that will help the Unit reduce smuggling to its barest minimum as we hope to improve more in the second quarter by intensifying our surveillance” Comptroller Lawal promised.