THE Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone C of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has said that in the first quarter of 2021, its officers generated N1.280 billion from seizures from contraband and raised N7.6 million as Demand Notices from cargoes that exited the seaports in the South-South and South-East zones of the country.
In a press statement signed recently by the Public Relations Officer, FOU, Zone C, Jerry Attah and a copy made available to newsmen, the Customs Area Controller, Zone C, Compt. Yusuf Lawal said that 5,200 live ammunition cartridges and other contraband worth N1.3 billion were also intercepted in the period under study.
According to the CAC, “Following our anti-smuggling drives, between January to March 2021, we have intercepted various contraband within our areas of jurisdiction which covers south-south/southeast zones with a duty paid value of N1.280 billion.
“Also, based on our intervention, we recovered the sum of N7.6 million from demand notices raised, making it N1.3 billion within the months under review.
“The detained and seized items include 2,976 bags of 50kg, each of foreign parboiled rice, 1,024 cartons of Colcaps medicament without NAFDAC certification, 290 cartons of Foreign Eva Soap, 204 Cartons of Foreign Tomatoes Paste, 130 Jumbo bales of used clothing.
“Others are 5,200 live ammunition cartridges, 6 exotic vehicles, one Toyota land cruiser bulletproof 2019 model without End User Certificate from NSA, one Toyota Hilux 2020 model, one Toyota Corolla 2018 model among others.”
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