The Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘C’ of Nigeria Customs Service has disclosed that it has in his giant stride to curb smuggling in the country,recorded 17 seizures of various contraband items with duty paid value of N112.617m in March.
Also in the same month ,the unit said it intercepted and detained a consignment of medicaments worth N178,209m.
The Customs Area Controller of the Unit, Garba Mohammed made the disclosure at a press briefing about the activities of the zone in Owerri on Friday.
This intercepted drug ,he added ,brings the total duty paid value of seizures made in March to N250.95million.
The Unit also revealed that it discovered and recovered N48. 74m underpayments.
The Comptroller, while giving a breakdown of the seizures, said that rice topped the list of seized articles with 2,455 bags of rice with duty paid value of N775.58m.
Other items listed as seized were 1,266 foot wears with duty paid value of N6.07m, 307 used tyres worth of N3.78m, 100 used shoes valued at N8.10m, 40 bales of used clothes with duty paid value of N5.28m as well as three (3)vehicles with duty paid value of N4.05m.
Mohammed gave details of the medicaments intercepted by his officers in the Agbor axis of the zone as 268 cartons of Tramadol, 202 cartons of Pullegra, 36 cartons of Reall Octra and 928 packets of Tramadol.
He said samples of the various medicaments had been sent to the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control for tests and verification, while the consignment was being detained for further investigations.
He said the customs would remain unflinching in its mission to protect citizens of Nigeria by barring contraband and harmful food items from the country.
The FOU Zone C boss for the umpteenth time sounded a warning to smugglers to stay away from the zone as he has resolved to make the zone uncomfortable for anything with resemblance to smuggling.
He seized the occasion of the briefing to commend the untiring efforts of the officers and men of the unit, whom he noted had continually contributed to revenue generation amounting to millions of naira.
Mohammed applauded the continuous support of the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd), and his management team in the areas of staff training and provision of working tools had further strengthened anti-smuggling operations of the zone.