The Comptroller of Federal Operations Unit (FOU) ‘A’, Mohammed Uba Garba has said the agency intercepted smuggled goods with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of over N330million.
According to Garba, the officers and men of customs service intercepted smuggled goods with a DPV of N334,042,396.8 between the months of April 1, 2017 and June 12, 2017.
He further said the Unit also recovered Two Hundred and Seventy Three Million, Six Hundred and Seventy Five Thousand, One Hundred and Thirty Eight Naira, Seventy Five kobo (N273,675,138.75) from duty payments and demand notices on goods that tried to beat the system.
Giving an account of his stewardship since his assumption of office, Garba also said 10 suspects were arrested in connection with the seizures in the period under review.
“You will agree with me that smuggling is a global phenomenon which cannot be curbed entirely but can be brought to its barest minimum. I have to praise the commitment and diligence of the officers and men of the unit for thwarting the antics of some dare-devil smugglers, who used different methods for concealment” he said.
He further mentioned that 152 different seizures were recorded comprising vegetable oil, foreign parboiled rice, frozen poultry products, smuggled vehicles, India hemp, used tyres and general merchandise Six Hundred and Seven Million, Seven Hundred and Seventeen Thousand, Five Hundred and Thirty Five Naira, Fifty Five kobo only (N607,717,535.55) making it a landslide in recent times.
Garba also thanked the management of the Nigeria Customs Service under the leadership of Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) for the motivation and support that led to this great feat.
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