Eight Defiant Smugglers Land In Customs Net

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Some of the Vehicles Impounded by the FOU Zone 'A" Ikeja Lagos.
By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
The avowed determination of some unscrupulous business men to dare the anti smuggling law of the Federal Government has landed eight suspects in the net of the Nigeria Customs Service.
The suspects were nabbed by operatives of the Federal Operations Unit Zone “A” Ikeja Lagos in connection with the 25 different seizure made by the Unit within two weeks.
Controller, Federal Operations Unit, Zone “A” Ikeja Lagos, Comptroller Mohammed Uba, while briefing journalists on the activities of the Unit, said the intercepted various contraband have  a duty paid value (DPV) of Two Billion, Fifty Five Million, Three Hundred and Twenty One Thousand, Three Hundred and Eighty Nine Naira, Eighty Four Kobo (N2,055,321,389.84).
Uba  identified the seized items to  include: 17 units of exotic vehicles, 1,380 bags of foreign parboiled rice, 1, 126 pieces of used shoes, and 140 jerrycan of vegetable oil.
He hinted that the  Exotic Vehicles have a duty paid value of Three Hundred and Forty Eight Million, Two Hundred and Ninety One Thousand, Two Hundred and Fifty One Naira, Ninety Four kobo (N384,291,251.94) only.
While four of the vehicles were intercepted along Ijebu Ode Expressway,  according to the FOU boss  13 were evacuated from House Plot 1,Akintailor Close, Allen Avenue, Ikeja, based on credible information.
His words, ” It gives me great pleasure to welcome you again to another press briefing barely after two weeks we had our last briefing. Today’s briefing becomes very significant being my last press briefing as controller FOU A Ikeja due to my redeployment to Seme Area Command as the new CAC.
It is my desire to inform you that after our reinvigorated effort in anti-smuggling drive in South West Zone, the Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit between July 25 th to August 7 th 2018 intercepted various contraband with a duty paid value (DPV) of Two Billion, Fifty Five Million, Three Hundred and Twenty One Thousand, Three Hundred and Eighty Nine Naira, Eighty Four Kobo (N2,055,321,389.84) in two weeks.
 Among the detained vehicles include 7 Toyota Land Cruiser Jeeps (2015-2018), 4 Toyota Hiace Bus (2017), 2 Toyota Coaster Bus (2017), and 4 Toyota Camry (2014). These 17 Exotic Vehicles have a duty paid value of Three Hundred and Forty Eight Million, Two Hundred and Ninety One Thousand, Two Hundred and Fifty One Naira, Ninety Four kobo (N384,291,251.94) only.
 While 4 of the vehicles were intercepted along Ijebu Ode Expressway, 13 were evacuated from House Plot 1,Akintailor Close, Allen Avenue, Ikeja, based on credible information. 8 Suspects were arrested in connection with these 25 seizures”

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