In its quest to put an end to importing contraband goods into the country. The Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit, Zone “C” Owerri, has confirmed seizing recorded 17 contraband items with Duty Paid Value of N112,617,700 in the month of March, 2017.
The Unit also confirmed during its anti-smuggling operation, said it intercepted and detained a huge consignment of medicaments worth N178,209,310 in DPV.
This brought the sum of DPV for seized goods in the said month to N250,951,010.
The Customs Area Controller of the Federal Operations Unit, Comptroller Mohammed Uba, who disclosed this while briefing newsmen in Owerri, also said the unit had recovered the sum of N48, 742,845 in underpayments.
Giving a breakdown of the seizures, the Comptroller noted that rice topped the list of seized articles with a total of 2,455 bags of rice with DPV of N77,558,800.
Also seized were 1,266 foot wears with DPV of N6,076,800, 307 used tyres with DPV of N3,789,600, 100, used shoes with DPV of N8,100,000 and 40 bales of used clothing with DPV of N5,280,000. The unit also made seizure of three vehicles with duty paid value of N4,050,000.
Speaking on the pharmaceutical products in the Agbor axis of the zone, the Comptroller gave a rundown of the products as 268 cartons of Tramadol, 202 cartons of Pullegra, 36 cartons of Reall Octra, 928 packets of Tramadol.
He said a sample 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 were being detained for further investigations.
Conducting journalists on a tour of the Government Warehouse in Benin, Edo State, where some of the seized items were deposited, Mohammed noted that the nefarious activities of smugglers endanger the health and safety of Nigerian citizens, affect the economy, and pose a threat to national security.
According to him, “The zone has resolved to make the unit uncomfortable for smugglers to operate.
“I therefore urge Nigerians to be patriotic and report any smuggling activity in their areas to the NCS. Any valuable information forwarded to the Unit, I pledge will be treated in confidence.”