FOU Ikeja seizes 5,642 bags of rice, PMS, Indian Hemp, others

FOU Ikeja seizes 5,642 bags of rice, PMS, Indian Hemp, others 

Kathy Kyari 
As the pump price of fuel and price of rice rose to the rooftops, the Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone A of the Nigeria Customs Service has intercepted 5,642 bags of 50kg bags of rice and 18,925 litres of fuel.
The seized bags of rice were equivalent of nine trailer loads.

 The unit also intercepted 15 bulletproof jackets, 15 pieces of jack knives and 20 pieces of pistol pouches inside a Toyota Sienna car at Ijebu Ode, in Ogun State days. 

Addressing  journalists at the unit’s office in Ikeja Lagos on Wednesday, the Acting Controller, Kehinde Hussein Ejibunu expressed gratitude to the Acting Comptroller-General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, saying that the CGC maiden working visit to the unit was a morale booster for the officers and men.

Ejibunu disclosed that 50 seizures were made within the period under review for non-compliance with the extant Customs laws.
Aside the rice, fuel,  the bulletproof jackets, jack knives and pistol pouches other  notable seizures made are:
* 49 cartons of children school shoes;
" 181(87 kg) parcels of Indian Hemp;
* 357 kegs X 5 litres of vegetable oil;
* 1 unit of Honda Motorcycle; and
* 2 used (Tokunbo) vehicles.

According to the Acting Controller, the total duty paid value (DPV) of the seized goods stood at N462,708,875.
He also said that a sum of N66,493,346.41 was recovered as revenue into the federation account through the issuance of demand notices (DN) on Customs duties that were discovered to be underpaid.

He disclosed that the unit arrested 13 suspects  in connection with some of the seizures, and are at different stages of investigations and prosecution.

Ejibunu seized the opportunity to hand over three suspects and cannabis sativa with a net weight of 7,728 kilogrammes to officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Lagos State Command for further investigation and prosecution.

He commended the officers for intervepting the offensive items.
His words: “Within July 2023 the sedulousness of our officers led to the interception of smuggled 15 bulletproof jackets, 15 pieces of jack knives and 20 pieces of pistol pouches inside a Toyota Sienna Bus in Ogun State at Ijebu-Ode Checkpoint. The driver of the vehicle was arrested in conjunction with the seized controlled wares.
“It is pertinent to know that the importation of all forms of bulletproof materials such as vests, ballistic materials and vehicles, as well as parts and accessories for all military armaments and hardware such as guns, arms and ammunition of all kinds; lethal and non-lethal requires an end-user certificate.

“An end-user certificate is applied to, and issued by the office of the national security adviser which loses its validity after one year from the issuance date. Hence, anyone importing a controlled item must do so within the validity period of the end-user certificate.

“Seizures recorded within the period under review are a reflection of officers’ commitment to duty, and no compromise posture in the discharge of our statutory responsibilities; aimed at protecting the national economy and preventing the importation of prohibited, and harmful goods.

“This success story will not be complete without my expression of gratitude to the Ag. Comptroller-General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR whose maiden working visit to the Unit was a morale booster. I also use this medium to thank him and members of the management team for stoking our logistics for more gainful performance."

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