Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Operations Unit, Zone ‘A’ Ikeja, Lagos, in the first quarter of 2017 intercepted goods worth over N2.05billion
Through the intensification of its anti-smuggling operations, it intercepted various contrabands and other goods on detention with a duty paid value (DPV) of about N1.045,billion.
Also, the unit, through its interventions, recovered N1 billion from duty payments and demand notices on general goods that tried to beat the system from seaports, airport and border stations in the guise of false declaration, transfer of value, and shortchange in duty payments that are meant for the Federal Government, making a cumulative of N2.05billion.
In the first quarter of 2017, 293 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.
While commending his officers and men for the feat in the first quarter of 2017 despite the economic recession, the controller of the unit, Comptroller Haruna Mamudu, wondered why some elements would invest their money in business of illegalities knowing full well that the law could catch up with them any given time.
He, however, appealed to well meaning Nigerians to join the service in the fight against smuggling, which has wreaked a lot of havoc on the nation’s economy. He also charged all officers and men of the unit to be professional and diligent in performing their statutory responsibilities, especially in the area of anti-smuggling operations, by making sure all revenue leakages are blocked.