The Controller of Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone ‘A’, Ikeja, Comptroller Mohammed Uba on Wednesday, gave a graphic detail of how his men have succeeded in using a new tactics to defeat serial yuletide smugglers in the zone.
Addressing journalists while conducting them round the warehouses where impounded contrabands were kept, he said “ From 1st – 30th November 2017, after intensifying our operational modalities to meet up with the current smuggling tactics most especially as the yuletide draws closer , we have intercepted various contraband with a duty paid value (DPV) of N1,595,141,144.81.
According to him, “The seized items include: 64 assorted vehicles (mostly brand new),13,333 bags of foreign parboiled rice (that’s like 22 trailers), 1,390cartons of frozen poultry products, 835 jerry cans of vegetable oil, 15parcels of Indian Hemp, 1,101 pieces of used tyres, 205 bales of used clothing among others”.
“We need to support the Federal Government policy on Rice, encourage local rice farmers, the millers and patronize our own nutritional rice.3. Among the detained vehicles include 2 Lexus Jeep (Bullet Proof), 1Toyota Land Cruiser (Bullet Proof), 9 Toyota Hilux, 8 Toyota Hiace Bus,26 Toyota Corolla, 9 Land Cruiser Jeep, , 5 Toyota Camry, 1 Land Rover,1 Nissan Sentra, 1 Pajero Jeep, all 2017 models and 1 Sienna 2015 model and 1 Lexus RX 350 among others . These 64 assorted Vehicles alone have a duty paid value of N1,302,927,106.16 only.
Continuing, Uba averred that “While 57 vehicles were evacuated based on intelligence along Omole Estate, Ojodu and Olayiwole Close Lekki Phase one, the remaining 7were intercepted while on information patrol along Ijebu Ode expressway and Olorunda”.
He was quick to reveal that “As I speak with you, nobody has come forward to claim ownership yet because we doubt if they have any customs papers on the vehicles, not to talk of the End-User Certificate for the bullet proof. Our Legal unit has already been mandated to investigate it and as soon as we get any head way about the owners or their agents, we will let the public know”.
He added that “A total of 17/20ft containers loaded with wood are under detention on the suspicion that they have not met the required guidelines for export”.
Also 1x20ft container was seized for carrying 385 cartons of Tiffany Crunch n’ Cream biscuit, 2,300 cartons of Tiffany chocolate and Toffee Sweet as against Engine Block declared in SGD.
“This is clear case of false declaration which tantamount to seizure.6.Within the period under review, we have also recovered N108,306,018.25, making a cumulative of N1,703,447,163.06 within the period under review.
The Controller also noted that “In the spirit of inter-agency collaboration; the seized Indian hemp will be handed over to NDLEA after this press briefing for further investigation”.
“Five (5) suspects have been arrested in connection with these 185 seizures and are currently in our custody.
He used the opportunity to thank the Comptroller General of Customs Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) and the entire management team of the NCS for providing necessary logistics that brought about the cheering feats.
REPORT ON COMMODITY BY COMMODITY
FROM WEDNESDAY 1ST NOVEMBER 2017 TO MONDAY 4TH DECEMBER, 2017
|S/N||DETAILS OF ENTRY||QUANTITY||NO. OF SEIZURES||DPV|
|1.||Used Detained Vehicles of various types under detentions||64 units||N 1,302,927,106.16|
|2.||Bags of foreign parboiled rice of 50kg each||13,333 bags||149||N 164,449,888.65|
|3.||Indian Hemp||15 parcels
|4.||Bales of second hand clothing||205 bales||4||N 7,380,000|
|5.||Frozen poultry products||1,390 cartons||13||N 8,340,000|
|6.||Used tyres||1,101 pieces||5||N 5,945,400|
|7.||Vegetable oil||835 jerricans||12||N 7,890,750|
|8.||1720ft containers suspected to be carrying wood under detentions||17||N 85,000,000|
|9.||1x40ft container No. FCIU 805992/0 carrying three hundred eighty five (385) cartons of tiffany cream biscuits
(ii) two thousand three hundred (2,300) cartons of tiffany chocolate cream fudge and toffee sweet
(iii) one thirty seven (137) cartons of block engine cylinder
DPV N 1,595,141,144.81
RECOVERED AMOUNT N 108,306,018.25
TOTAL N 1,703,447,163.06
TOTAL SEIZURE 185
MEANS OF CONVYANCE 40