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Customs FOU intercepts N145m contraband, arrests three suspects

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Nigerian-CustomsTHE Federal Operations Unit (FOU) of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Zone ‘C’ Owerri has confiscated several items imported into the country illegally.

According to the newly appointed Controller of the unit, Comptroller Haruna Mamudu, the Duty Paid Value (DPV) of the item is N145.1million.

Mamudu explained that the items, impounded along the Benin Express Way, the Aba-Eleme –Port Harcourt Road and the Aba-Eleme axis  include 1,500 cartons of poultry products concealed “with scaffolding irons, big empty drums and wheel barrows with (DPV of N21,000,000)  and a truck load of 156 jumbo bales of second hand clothing (DPV of N26,892,000)”.

Also impounded was a truck load of “fake and unregistered medicament comprised of 190 cartons of Tremadol, 10 bags of sodium lauryl sulphate, 30 bags of potassium Chloride, 10 bags fatty alcohol and 39 bags of sodium citrate with a DPV of N87,298,105 as well as 1,700 pairs of shoes with a DPV of N2,778,000; 115 pieces of used tyres with DPV of N624,000 and assorted foreign soap/cosmetics with DPV of N6,573,600”.

The statement issued by Public Relation Officer, Onuibo Ifeoma disclosed that three suspects were arrested in connection with the “shady deal”.

The CAC  warned Nigerians who are still trapped in the act of smuggling to make quick money to desist from the illicit business or be prepared to face the consequences of their action if caught.

He stated that the NCS is poised to ensure zero tolerance for corruption inline with the resolve of the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd.), adding that smugglers caught would not only be arrested but also prosecuted.
The Comptroller also cautioned members of the public who are in the habit of consuming imported poultry products to desist from the practice, pointing out that the items are usually imported through Cotonou, assumed to be cheap and  preserved with lethal substances Preservatives meant for preserving dead bodies “which makes them harmful and unfit for human consumption”.

He said: “More so, some people use the smuggling of foreign poultry products for money laundering, but now the FOREX (Foreign Exchange) is no longer there.”
Haruna also advised officers and men of the zone to re-dedicate themselves to duty to meet the requirements of the new change in administration in the country,“as there is no more dumping ground in the customs. Corruption is no more a welcome word in NCS not to talk of FOU Zone C.”


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