The Federal Operations Unit, Zone A, Ikeja of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), has announced that it had recovered unpaid duties amounting to N229.9m between June 13 and July 10.
The announcement was made by the command’s controller, Mohammed Garba, during a media briefing in his office on Wednesday.
He said, following its anti-smuggling campaign, the customs impounded various contraband goods with Duty Paid Value, DPV, worth N200,995,641.8 within the period.
Garba disclosed that 15 suspects have been arrested in connection with the seizures, noting that 40 different seizures were recorded comprising vegetable oil, foreign parboiled rice, frozen poultry products, smuggled vehicles, medicaments, used tyres and various general merchandise.
He said, “I am happy to mention some of our achievements in the fight against smuggling. After a series of meetings with my field officers, reviewing our operational strategies to meet up with the current trend of smuggling, we have intercepted contraband with a duty paid value of N200.99m from June 13 to July 10.
“In the same vein, the unit through our interventions recovered N28.95m from duty payments and demand notices on general goods that tried to outsmart our officers at seaports, airport and border stations through wrong classification, transfer of value, and short-change in duty payment.
“The cumulative total of this recovery is N229.95 making it another spectacular breakthrough in anti-smuggling operation under my watch.”
The FOU controller further added that the command intercepted 1,442 cartons of Tramadol 225/120mg in a container along Apapa-Oshodi and Ijebu Ode expressways, adding that the drugs would be handed over to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control for further investigation.
“You will agree with me that the fight against smuggling can only be won if all hands are on deck. The commitment, doggedness, resilience and diligence of the officers and men of the FOU A for foiling the antics of smugglers who used different methods for concealment cannot be over emphasised,” he stated.