FOU seizes goods worth N2bn DPV, arrests suspected fake officer

The Federal Operations Unit, Zone ‘A’ of the Nigeria Customs Service, has intercepted various contrabands with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N2.2 billion.

It also arrested a suspected fake customs officer, who allegedly defrauded many rice dealers.

The Controller in charge of the zone, Comptroller Kolapo Oladeji, made the disclosure to newsmen in Lagos on Tuesday.

He said that 20 suspects had been arrested in connection with the seized goods.

According to him, the smuggled goods were seized from April 19 to May 28.

He listed the seized goods to include 914 Jerry cans (25 litres each) of Premium Motor Spirit – equivalent of 22,850 litres – and 10,372 of 50kg bags of foreign parboiled rice as well as 27 units of imported used vehicles.

He said that the seized good also included 2,152 cartons of foreign frozen products, six units of imported used trucks and 625kg of Cannabis Sativa.

‘The sum of N81.8 million was recovered through meticulous documentary checks on goods which already exited with low duty payment
s. It would have escaped the coffers of the Federal Government,’ he said.

Oladeji said that tougher days for smugglers had just begun.

He said that smugglers undermined Nigeria Customs Service’s efforts at revenue generation.

He said that the unit also arrested a self-acclaimed customs officer, who until his arrest, had been defrauded unsuspecting citizens.

He said that the suspect claimed to be the officer in-charge of rice auctioning.

‘His arrest was made after some of his victims reported his illegal claims and activities,’ Oladeji said.

He said that he had visited traditional leaders within the zone for partnership which, he said, led to the quantum of seizures recorded within his six weeks in office.

The FOU boss said that the seizures were made at Ojo-Odan, Ijebu-Ode, Badagry, Agbara, Idiroko and Oyo, among other axis.

He commended officers and men of the command for their efforts, and praised sister-agencies for cooperation.

Oladeji advised smugglers to embrace legitimate businesses.

He said
that smuggling was negatively affecting the health of Nigerians, adding that some smuggled goods were transported in contaminated vehicles, motorcycles and cement trucks.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria