The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Operation Unit (FOU) Zone C, Owerri, has announced that it recorded a first quarter performance rating in 2015 by making 140 seizures of various contraband goods worth N501 million and arresting 56 suspects in connection with the seizures.
The Customs Area Comptroller in charge of the unit in Zone C, Victor Dimka, made the figures known to the media in Owerri ,giving the breakdown of the seizures as including 37 items ,which he said were confiscated in January with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N176,483,60.
He explained that the unit made a total of 40 seizures with a DPV of N136,708,650 in February and another 63 seizures with a DPV of N187,834,572 similarly made in March this year.
“The seizures comprised of 108 vehicles, three trucks loaded with 384 bags of 50kg foreign rice, two trucks of 2,126 cartons of imported frozen poultry products, three trucks of 1,181 pieces of used tyres and three trucks containing 780 bales of textile materials,” he added.
The other contraband items seized are two truckloads of cartons of foreign vegetable oil, used handbags, cartons of foreign beverages and 1,755 pieces of imported footwear.
Dimka revealed that the seizures made in March comprised a total of 51 vehicles, 184 pieces of used tyres, 284 (50kg) bags of foreign rice, 1,755 pieces of used footwears, 10 cartons of foreign beverages and a truck load of 1,500 cartons of imported frozen poultry products.
Pointing out that the 56 suspects arrested had already being arraigned in court ,he expressed the resolve of officers and men under his jurisdiction to rid the country of smuggling.
He assured that those found guilty will be made to face the full weight of the law to serve as deterrent to others.
Dimka commended the able leadership of NCS under the Comptroller-General of Customs, Alhaji Abdullahi Inde Dikko for recently equipping the unit with 20 new pick-up vehicles and other logistics, thereby enabling the unit to perform its duties well.
He advised members of the public with useful information about smuggling to always make them available to his men for necessary action, assuring that such classified information would be treated with utmost confidentiality.