LAGOS – The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Operations Unit (F.O.U), Zone ‘A’ Ikeja, said it recorded 2,914 seizures of prohibited goods with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N2.06 billion in 2014.
The Controller of the Unit, Alhaji Usman Turaki gave the figures in a statement made available to newsmen in Lagos by the Public Relations Officer of the Unit, Mr. Uche Ejesieme.
It said that the Duty Paid Value of seizures in 2014 was higher than the N1.52 billion for such seizures in 2013.
The statement said that from January to December 2014, the unit intercepted smuggled frozen poultry products totaling 58,611 cartons at a Duty Paid Value of N316.49 million.
It also explained that in the period under review, the unit seized bags of rice with a Duty Paid Value of N921.35 million.
The statement said that in the period under consideration, the unit seized 445 assorted vehicles, 579 units of fairly-used vehicles and 95 scraps with a Duty Paid Value of N451.43 million.
It quotes the controller as saying that all officers and men should gear up for the challenges ahead as deliberate efforts must be made to surpass the achievements of the previous years.
The statement mentioned the zero tolerance stance of the Comptroller-General of Customs, Alhaji Adbullahi Dikko, toward importation of frozen poultry products and rice through the border areas, among others.
It advised those engaging in smuggling to look for genuine means of livelihood and desist from illegalities.