The Nigeria custom is always at their duty post securing the borders and ensuring that contrabands are not smuggled into the country. And yesterday, the Federal Operation Unit (FOU) of the Nigeria Customs Service, Zone A, Ikeja publicly declared that its agency has intercepted smuggled goods including 113 cars valued at over ₦2 billion in a space of three months.
113 cars valued at over ₦2 billion was illegally imported in a space of three months
Making the list of items seized are banned drugs which include, Codeine, Tramadol, Diclofenac, chest and lung tablets, Paracetamol injections with no NAFDAC number and 13,810 bags of foreign rice smuggled into the country.
The Nigeria Custom Area Comptroller for Zone A, Comptroller Mohammed Aliyu disclosed the seizures to journalists, while having a chat with them in Lagos. He said the unit is out to make sure they enforce federal government's policy against drug racketeers and smugglers so as to put them out of business.
Report reaching Naijauto.com said, he also made an appeal to smugglers to consider the harm their illegal activities are inflicting on their fellow citizens.
With the recent award presented by NAFDAC to the comptroller and his command at Aso Villa, Abuja, he reiterated of the command's determination to execute the responsibility placed on them by the government for the betterment of the masses.
Here's his statement.
I know that you are aware that we were given a merit award by NAFDAC, which was like a national award. This award motivates me and the command to work hard in ensuring that the federal government’s policy on hard drugs and smuggling is curbed. Therefore, we will not relent but continue to fight these smugglers determined to frustrate the federal government policy on smuggled items
He also added this
in the last three months, we have recorded many seizures. The seizures included 113 units of exotic vehicles with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N1.4 billion, 600 cartons of codeine syrup valued at N240,000,000, 49 cartons Paracetamol Injection with duty paid value of N39,200,00; 13810 bags of foreign rice with DPV at N190, 961320, Indian hemp, Vegetable Oil, frozen poultry products, Tomato paste used tyres among others.
Compt.Mohammed called on owners of seized cars who have a genuine document to come and present it so as to claim their cars.
Here, just the way he said it.
Most of these vehicles were intercepted in the bush; some along the roads while some at car mart, through intelligence report. Whoever appears to claim ownership of the vehicle without proper papers or documentation will be arrested and prosecuted
Mohammed also took the opportunity to lash out at stakeholders who had asked that his men be pulled out from port roads, stressing the multiple seizures they carried out on the port roads.
As said by him here.
The command is not sleeping we are also aware of their tactics, and we are ever ready for them, we will ensure that we fight these smugglers tooth and nail by enforcing government policy on smuggled items
If we leave the port road, only God knows what would be allowed into the country this is because of the type of seizures and interceptions we have made at that side
Mohammed also told journalists that any vehicle or truck used for the smuggling of contraband items will be taken away and auctioned.
Even with the constant interception of contraband goods at the borders, some are still bent on smuggling in illegal goods into the country. This public statement made by the Federal Operation Unit, Comptroller Mohammed Aliyu should serve as a warning to individuals who wouldn't want to go the right way to import goods into the country.
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