The Federal Operation Unit, Zone ‘A’ of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), yesterday said it has seized a total of 128 goods with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N356,205,050.78.
The Unit said that in the course of the seizures, it arrested eight suspects.
Mohammed Uba Garba, the Comptroller of the Unit disclosed on Wednesday in Lagos, during a press briefing.
According to him, the seizures were made from August 29 to 3rd October, 2017.
He said that the feat was achieved after his unit intensified operational modalities to meet up with the current smuggling tactics.
“We intercepted various contraband with Duty Paid Value(DPV) of N356,205,050.78”.
The seized item according to the customs boss, include 11used vehicles, 4227 bags of foreign parboiled rice, frozen poultry products, vegetable oil, Indian hemp, medicaments, used tyres, scrap metals, wet blue, electric cables, unprocessed woods, bales of used clothing and shoes.
“Remarkably, on Friday 20th September, 2017, based on information, we tried and evacuated 3000 bags of smuggled rice from 10 houses along waterside, in Ere Village of Ado-Odo Local Government of Ogun State. Each of these houses has three exit doors for their nefarious activities. As we were evacuating the rice from one house to the other, the villagers were also busy packing the rice to the bush through other exits. This is to tell you the extent some people take risk while indulging in smuggling. They see smuggling as a way of life and an inherited business. We were able to achieve this with the support of the military from the 9 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Ikeja”, the Comptroller revealed.
He further revealed that the command seized eleven exotic vehicles with Duty Paid Value of N125,403,598.5.
“The eleven vehicles are Lexus Jeep GX460 and RX330, one Toyota RAV4, two Toyota Camry, 5 Mercedes Benz and one Eveco truck, ranging from 2007 to 2013 models. These 11 vehicles have a Duty Paid Value of N125,403,598.5”.
He also revealed that another 17 assorted vehicles of various models were being detained, adding that they were evacuated from car marts due to infractions noticed in their documentations.
“As I speak with you, they have not been able to provide relevant customs papers on some yet, but we have given them enough room to provide them. The vehicles under detention have a Duty Paid Value of N141,877,496.15”.
Comptroller Uba further disclosed that a total of fourteen containers were also seized for false declaration and breech of customs law with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N104,684,023.2.