The federal operation unit “A” command of Nigeria custom had successfully intercepted eight-six (86) contraband items of various kinds in its operation across borders within its delineation in a space of one month.
Briefing journalist on its successes, comptroller Mohammed Uba of federal operation units (FOU) “A “ command said the breakthrough is indeed attributed to the comptroller general’s resolve in ensuring that every logistics the command stands in need, is meet. This, he said has helped the command in no small measures in strengthening its man powers with an excellent outpouring of results.
In a statement made available to Urban Express News-online, said the customs federal operation unit made useful seizures within a shortfall of contraband coming with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of One Billion, four hundred and sixty-one million, six thousand, eight-hundred and twenty-three naira, eight kobo.
“The unit through its intervention on demand notices anchoring on general goods within sea-port, Airport and border stations through wrong classification, transfer of value, and shortchange in duty payment meant for the coffer of federal government of Nigeria, has made a total cumulative sum of one billion six hundred and twenty seven million, two hundred and fourteen thousand, five hundred fifty nine naira to the nation’s treasury.
Narrating a particular instance, the comptroller FOU “A” said men of his command made a spectacular seizure of 570 parcel and 98 sacks of Indian hemp (Cannabis Sativa) weighing 1,550kg along Olourunda axis of Ogun state which accordingly was made possible due to intelligence, adding that it remains the highest seizures of such drugs in history of its command!
“You all know what would have happened if it gets to wrong hand unsuspected,” he said the seized Indian hemp would be handed over to National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for further investigation
“The Federal operation unit “A” also evacuated 2,671 bags of 50kg rice using nine hired truck from about nine makeshift storage houses in ilogbo and Abeokuta. “ This was made possible due to credible intelligence despite strict resistance, and other harrowing experiences in that process where we encountered mob attack against our operatives, but that never deterred us from performing our statutory responsibilities”. He said the federal operation unit would continue to enforce government policies essentially on prohibited goods through land borders regardless of any situation in other to encourage efficiency that ensures job security that government is driving at the moments.
The statement also put; “that four containers 3x40ft and 1x20ft were seized at different customs branches”. “We apprehended 1x20ft container number CSNU 106087/4 carrying 2,260 cartoons of gonea spaghetti made in turkey and 530 packages of Rifle energy drink made in Europe as against baking powder declared in its SGD”. “Accordingly, further investigation revealed the said container never exited”. “We are still investigating and all those found wanting will face the full wrath of the law”.
“We equally seized another container of 1x40ft with registration number PCIU 865957/1 carrying two hundred cartoons of ladies shoes, 134 cartoons of children items as against false declaration of Keyboards and Mouse”. “There is also the case of 1x40ft with Registration Number FCIU80992/0 carrying 2,300 tiffany chocolates, 385 cartoons of tiffany crunch biscuits as against false declaration of “Tappet for fuel pump” that was also apprehended by men of Nigeria custom federal operation units under false declaration which is liable to forfeiture”.
“Among vehicles detained include (1) Toyota land cruiser (2018), (1) Escalade cardiac (2017), (1) Range Rover (2014), 3 Toyota Camry (2009, 2010, and2017) (1) Toyota Rav 4, (1) Toyota Highlander (2014), 1 Honda CRV, (1) Honda Accord, (1) BMW Saloon, (1) Toyota Sienna (1) Hyundai, among others. The Custom Comptroller said those vehicles are still under detention pending the grace period allowed for the owners to bring forward, relevant customs documents to claim them. Adding that the interception was done while on information patrol at various locations within their areas of jurisdiction”.
Sounding a note of warning, the custom comptroller said all smugglers and intending ones are advised in their own interest to desist from such trade and malpractices and invest their money in legitimate business, as the unit has devised another operational modality that would give them a run for their money and count their losses and also be leading them to jail.