FOU Seizes Contrabands Worth N2.2bn, Arrests Fake Customs Officer

FOU Seizes Contrabands Worth N2.2bn, Arrests Fake Customs Officer

The Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone 'A' of the Nigeria Customs Service, has made a massive seizure of contrabands with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N2.2 billion. 

The seized goods include Premium Motor Spirit, foreign parboiled rice, imported used vehicles, foreign frozen products, and Cannabis Sativa. Additionally, the unit arrested 20 suspects, including a fake customs officer who allegedly defrauded many rice dealers.

Comptroller Kolapo Oladeji, the Controller in charge of the zone, disclosed this to newsmen in Lagos on Tuesday. 

He stated that the seized goods were intercepted between April 19 and May 28, and that the unit also recovered N81.8 million through meticulous documentary checks on goods that had already exited with low duty payments.

Oladeji warned that tougher days are ahead for smugglers, who undermine the Nigeria Customs Service's efforts at revenue generation. He also commended his officers and men for their efforts and praised sister agencies for their cooperation.

The fake customs officer, who claimed to be in charge of rice auctioning, was arrested after several victims reported his illegal activities. 

Oladeji advised smugglers to embrace legitimate businesses, noting that smuggling negatively affects the health of Nigerians, as some smuggled goods are transported in contaminated vehicles, motorcycles, and cement trucks.


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