. …….foils smuggling of N108m worth frozen poultry products into zone two days on the saddle .
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has appointed a new Comptroller too take charge of Federal Operations Uint (FOU) Zone ‘C’ Owerri, less than nine months after the appointment of Comptroller Mammudu Haruna during a mass redeployment of officers in that cadre across the nation in February this year.
Though reasons for the sudden removal of the immediate Comptroller was still undisclosed, the newly appointed boss of the FOU unit, Comptroller Mohammed Uba Garba was quick to prove himself in terms of service delivery ,outstanding performance and revenue generation for which the unit with close to 12 States under its jurisdiction in the South South and South East was known in the last three and half years.
Comptroller Mohammed Uba Garba barely two days of assuming office swung into action, intercepting a DAF Truck loaded with eleven thousand, three hundred and fifteen (11,315) cartons of imported frozen poultry products with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of one hundred and eight million, six hundred and twenty four thousand naira (#108,624,000.00).
Briefing the press during his maiden stewardship account, Comptroller Mohammed gave the registration number of the impounded vehicle as LND 641 XM, declaring that it was intercepted on the Benin axis on Monday, October 31, 2016 with two suspects arrested in connection with the illicit deal.
According to the Area Controller, the truck was ferrying the contraband good by the novelty simply known as false bottom method concealment which was criminally fashioned by die-hard smugglers to beat the ever-vigilance men of the Nigeria Customs Service.
The seized truck, he said, was cleverly partitioned with wood, bolted and knotted as a strategy to avoid being detected by the Customs officials.
Shedding more light on the seizure made, Mohammed said that the inner layer of the partitioned truck was stockpiled with the contraband goods while the outer layer of the partitions was left to be empty as to divert the attention of the officers.
The Customs Area Controller denounced the continued indulgence in smuggling by some Nigerians despite the obvious consequences of their illicit business, especially having to face the weight of the law if caught.
He stressed that the NCS is now better equipped and mobilized to meet its challenges. This he said is in line with the mandate of the Comptroller-General of Customs (CGC), Colonel Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd.) and his team of management that the institution was poised to eliminate all trace of smuggling in the country.
Mohammed implored members of the public with useful information about smugglers, their agents and collaborators to make them available to the NCS or its sister organizations such as NDLEA, NAFDAC, Police or SON for necessary action. He said that the identity of such informers would be handled with utmost confidentiality.