By Godfrey Bivbere
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) through its anti-smuggling monitoring and quick response team, has raked in a total of N2, 043,260,000.00 as seizures in one month as it heightened anti-smuggling operations.
Assistant Comptroller, Hassan Shallangwa who was the patrol leader of the team, said that the feat was made possible by the continuous support and determination of the Comptroller-General of Customs to ensure compliance with all import and export regulations.
A press statement signed by the Deputy Public Relations Officer of the Service, Joseph Attah, noted that â€œShallangwa however, expressed disappointment over the attitude of some border dwellers who support smugglers against Customs officers by providing information about their movement and even helping to mob officers thereby obstructing lawful duties.â€
He called on “border dwellers to see Customs officers as friends as they are working to secure the economic well-being and security of the nation,â€ the press statement further noted.
Amongst items seized were, 2x40ft containers loaded with second-hand clothes, 1x40ft container stocked with new motor parts, furniture, perfume and garments concealed with used motorcycles, 1x40ft container packed full of new mini truck tyres concealed in used vehicles and eight cars loaded with assorted textile materials.
Others are four units of second hand cars, 4Â X 40ft container fully loaded with high quality furniture, four LT busses and 2 cars loaded with frozen poultry which have been destroyed in the presence of other Statutory Agencies like.
The seizures which were made at different spots along Apapa_Oshodi expressway, Idiroko and Seme borders have some suspects in detention while a thorough investigation has been directed by the Comptroller_General to unmask the persons behind the crime.
It will be recalled that about 2 months ago, the Comptroller_General of Customs desirous of total compliance by all stakeholders put together a crack team to monitor and respond swiftly against any breach of extant laws and regulations.