Lagos—The Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone ‘A’ of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, says it has intercepted 205 seizures of smuggled goods with a Duty Paid Value, DPV, of N122.5 million.

The Public Relations Officer of the command, Mr Uche Ejesieme, disclosed this while speaking with newsmen on in Lagos, yesterday.

He said: “The unit was able to effect 205 different seizures of assorted, offending and prohibited items with a Duty Paid Value of N122, 521,030.

“Some of the seized items include foreign parboiled rice, 53 different seizures in different locations and those different seizures translated into 3,003 bags of 50kg parboiled rice, with a Duty Paid Value of N19, 501,306.

“For smuggled frozen poultry products, we had 45 different seizures from different locations translating into 6,713 cartons of the product with a Duty Paid Value of N36, 250,000.20.

“We also had seizures of vehicles coming from unapproved routes and some of them trying to invade payment of appropriate taxes and levies and in that regard we intercepted 46 of such vehicles.

“Thirty-three of them were used vehicles and 65 of them were scraps and the DPV was N36, 220,500.”

Ejesieme said that the command also made 61 seizures of general merchandise such as, new and used textile materials,foot wears, vegetable oil, mosquito insecticides, spaghettis, soaps, wine and used tyres.

According to him, the DPV of the general merchandise seizure is valued at over N30.5 million.

He stated that the controller in charge of the command, Mr. Turaki Adamu, had assured that the unit would not relent in its efforts to rid the area of smugglers.



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