Customs FOU Zone ‘A’ Lagos Generates N611M In Two Months

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By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos.
The Federal Operations Unit, Zone ‘A’ Lagos, of the Nigeria Customs Service has generated a whopping sum of six hundred and eleven million, six hundred and seventy six thousand, nine hundred and thirty eight naira (N611,676,938.00) as revenue in the last two months.
In a breakdown, Three Hundred and twenty five million, five hundred and thirty thousand, eighty five naira (N325,530,85.00) of the money was the duty paid value of various intercepted contrabands goods.
Similarly, the Unit through its interventions recovered Two Hundred and Eighty Six Million Six hundred and twenty three thousand, eight hundred and fifty three naira (N286, 623, 853.00)  from duty payments demand notices under the period in review.
The Comptroller of the Unit, Haruna Mamuda made the disclosure yesterday at the Zone ‘A’ headquaters, during his maiden press briefing.
In another development, he added that six warehouses that have contravened the extant law have been sealed pending thorough investigation.
Haruna explained that the duty payments and demand notices were recovered from vehicles and other general goods that beat the system from seaports, airport and border stations in the guise of false declaration, transfer of value and shortchange on duty payment that are meant for the federal government.
Describing the achievement as a landslide in recent times, the Comptroller gave the seized items to include vegetable oil in large quantities, foreign parboiled rice frozen poultry products, smuggled vehicles, indian hemps and various general merchandise.
The merchandise according to him include new and used textile materials, new and used footwears, mesquite insecticide, bonita spaghetti, soap of various make, used tyres and soap compressor.
He disclosed that three suspects, arrested with the indian hemp, totalling 1,300 parcels, has been handed over to the Lagos command of the NDLEA for prosecution.
Haruna attributed the achievement to his uncommon strategies of blockage of all revenue leakages and intensification of anti- smuggling operations at various entry points.
While further highlighting the achievement of the Unit, Haruna disclosed that 77 suspects were arrested for smuggling, with 17 of them already charged to court and four convicted.

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