BY YUSUF BABALOLA, Lagos
The Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone A, Ikeja of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), yesterday said it intercepted imported used and new vehicles smuggled into the country through the porous land borders. This was even as the unit said it generated a total N3 billion in the first six months of 2017.
In a press statement made available to LEADERSHIP yesterday by the public relations officer of the command, Jerry Attah said the 22 vehicles worth over N109 million were intercepted across the south Western part of the country. He also disclosed that the revenue was generated from good that evaded duty payment at the nation’s seaports, land borders and airports from January to June 2017.
Giving a breakdown of the revenue, Attah said the Unit intercepted various contraband with a duty paid value (DPV) of N1.3billion while it generated additional N1.3billion through interventions from duty payments and demand notices on general goods that beat the service system from seaports, airport and border stations.
The PRO said the goods which Debit Note was placed were either wrongly classified or had value transfer, and shortchanged in duty payment that are meant for the federal government. He said, “While N2.6 billion was cumulatively generated, 95 suspects were arrested in connection to these seizures and 475 different seizures were recorded comprising foreign parboiled rice, frozen poultry products, vegetable oil, smuggled vehicles, Indian hemp, arms, fake pharmaceutical/medicaments and various general merchandise.”
Giving a breakdown of what was seized the FOU, A, image maker said, “21,279 bags of foreign parboiled rice work N262 million was intercepted while poultry frozen products of over 14,670 cartons worth N79 million and 225 cartons, 845 jerry cans of vegetable oil worth N7 million naira was intercepted in the month under review.
Speaking further, the unit valued the 661 pump action rifles intercepted in January to worth N317 million and six containers of 121 logs, prohibited timbers worth N46 million and 22 units of smuggled vehicles worth N109 million among others.
However the Customs Area Controller of the unit, Compt. Mohammed Uba Garba thanked the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) and the entire Management Team of the Nigeria Customs Service for their efforts in recognizing hard work and putting square begs in square holes.