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Customs FOU Ikeja rakes in N1.3bn in Dec., arraigns 2 Chinese for illegal exports

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The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone ‘A’ Ikeja, Lagos having intensified its anti-smuggling operations  intercepted various contrabands with a duty paid value (DPV) N893,873,250.00 in December last year.

The unit through its interventions recovered N494,416,975.92 from duty payments and demand notices on vehicles and other 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 payment that are meant for the Federal Government of Nigeria.

This is as the Unit also arraigned two Chinese smugglers Mr. Shu Xiang Quan and Mr. Wu Sheng He and One Nigerian Mr. Ugochukwu Frank before Hon. Justice   Mohammed Hassan of the Federal High Court, Ikoyi Lagos State on four (4) counts charge of storing and exporting prohibited items.

The three suspects have been remanded in Ikoyi Prison for trial as the case was adjourned to January 5th and 23rd, 2017 respectively.

 Badejogbin David ESQ who led the legal team of the Nigeria Customs Service prayed that the court expedite the legal proceedings to serve as deterrent to others. A total of 22 Suspects were arrested in the month of December.

In a statement signed by the Commands Public Relations Officer, Mr. Jerry Attah, the efforts cumulatively raised revenue haul to N1,388,290,225.92

While commending the Officers and Men of the Unit for living up to their statutory responsibilities in suppression of smuggling and enhancing trade facilitation towards sustaining best international standards, the Controller, Federal Operations Unit ‘A’, Comptroller Haruna Mamudu thanked the Comptroller General of Customs Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) for his effort in appreciating hard work and diligence to duty, and for always been there in giving helping hands when the need arises.

Part of the responsibility of the Federal Operations Unit is to enforce different International protocols and conventions that have continued to increase the responsibilities of the Nigeria Customs Service most especially in area of trade facilitation.

Accordingly, the Controller Federal Operations Unit, Zone A Comptroller Haruna Mamudu said that the United Nations chatter on preservation of endangers species entails that Customs Administrations globally protect wild life by intercepting illegal trade on such animals.

The comptroller said that the seized tusks and unprocessed animal scale would be handed over to the Nigeria Environment Standards and Regulatory Enforcement Agency (NESREA) for further action. He said his Unit would not relent in its effort in intercepting all contrabands from either going out or coming into the country.

Still in December 2016, FOU Ikeja made a total of 126 seizures were comprising Raw Hide/Skin, Elephant tusks, foreign parboiled rice, frozen poultry products, smuggled vehicles, Indian hemp and various general merchandise.


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