The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘A’, has intercepted contraband worth N67 million between January 7th and 14th, through its anti-smuggling operations.
Public Relations Officer, Customs FOU ‘A’, Jerry Attah, who disclosed this yesterday, said the Zone intercepted 2,065 jerry-cans of vegetable oil (25 litres each); 1,185 bags of 50kg foreign parboiled rice; 1500 jerry-cans (25 litres) of diesel, with duty paid value of N67 million along various unapproved routes within its areas of coverage.
According to him, the feat came as a result of blockage of all revenue leakages, trade facilitation, and intensification of anti-smuggling operations at various entry points: Seaports, land borders, and airports within the South West zone.
The new Ag. Controller of Customs FOU, Zone ‘A’ Usman Yahaya, warned smugglers against the dangers of engaging in illegal trade, as some have started counting their losses.
“You will agree with me that the fight against smuggling can only be won if all hands are on deck,” he said and called on members of the media and the general public to support the fight by providing necessary intelligence that could assist the Service in reducing smuggling to its barest minimum.
Meanwhile, Yahaya’s redeployment was a part of the Comptroller-General’s strategies to re-jig and reposition the Service for greater efficiency and effectiveness, especially in the areas of revenue generation, trade facilitation as well as combating smuggling.
Yahaya was hitherto, the Coordinator of Strike Force, Zone ‘A’ before he was posted to FOU ‘A’ as the Acting Controller.
He thanked the Comptroller General of Customs, Hameed Ibrahim Ali, and the entire management team for considering him worthy, and assured he will work assiduously with all officers to justify the confidence reposed on him.