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Customs FOU Zone ‘A’ Rakes In N400 Million In Six Month, Makes Seizure

ByHybrid News

Jul 5, 2023

The Federal Operations Unit Zone A of the Nigeria Customs Service generated N400,599,515.66 between January and June 2023.

The Command’s Comptroller, Hussein K Ejibunu disclosed this during a news briefing.

While reiterating commitment to ant-smuggling activities which aims to protect Nigerian economy and prevent revenue loss, Ejibunu revealed the command made 580 seizures with a duty-paid value of N4,022,960,075 in the months under review.

“Within the first six months of the year, our activities resulted in a high volume and value of seizures with some suspects arrested. We also succeeded in preventing the entry of dangerous or harmful substances like illicit drugs into the society.

“Our strategic intervention also achieved recovery of revenue through the issuance of demand notices to complete underpaid duties into the federal government coffers that were being evaded by some importers and their agents.

“For the period under review, we made 580 seizures with a duty-paid value of N4,022,960,075. We also arrested 60 suspects and recovered a total of N400,599,515.66 as revenue through the issuance of demand notices.

“We wish to express our profound gratitude to sister security agencies for their unflinching synergy in the course of our operations; special mention to the Department of State Security Services- Oyo State Command for the arrest of a notorious suspect that was on the wanted list for attack on a Customs patrol team escorting exhibits. Interestingly, this suspect was arrested and handed over the Unit yesterday.

“Through the federal high courts, 11 suspects were convicted for committing offences of improper importation, assault of Customs officers, being in possession of foreign parboiled rice and for being in possession of Pangolin scales meant for export. While some other smuggling and related cases instituted in the courts are at various stages of prosecution and would be followed up diligently.

“Prominent among the seizures is rice which amounts to 36,742 X 50kg bags of foreign parboiled rice equivalent to 62 trailer loads. Some of them were ferried through bush paths using motorcycles and rickety vehicles as means of conveyance,” Ejibunu noted.

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