Customs impounds boat with N44.6m rice, others

Container_Ship-sirionglobalTHE Federal Operations Unit (FOU), zone ‘A’ of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has impounded a wooden boat laden with 4,404 bags of rice and 3,000 cartons of smuggled poultry frozen products.

Inspecting the seizures at the Gbaji Yeke-Badagry waterside as well as the poultry destruction site, the Controller of the unit, Turaki Usman Adamu, put the cumulative Duty Paid Value (DPV) at N44.6million.

He explained that the two separate operations were driven by intelligence “which was carefully executed”.

Turaki explained that the strategic planning and monitoring coupled with operational expertise displayed by the teams necessitated the success.

He commended the Lagos Roving Team leader, Adamu Mohammed Abubakar, for the gallantry displayed by his team.

Also, Turaki commended CSC Wale Adenuga, the team leader of monitoring team II that effected the Seizure of poultry products for the remarkable Seizure.

He clarified that the seizures were made at Gbaji-Yeke-Badagry waterways and the Lagos Shagamu expressway on the 11th – 12th of June respectively.

The Controller in a press statement signed by the Public Relation Officer (PRO) of the unit, Uche Ejesieme, recalled the resuscitation of the ‘Customs Community Relations’ by his unit recently and stated that it has provided a forum and platform for cross-fertilization of ideas on ways of suppressing smuggling.

He noted that the collaboration and synergy with the community dwellers and other security agencies have been very overwhelming.

The Controller also paid glowing tributes to the Baale of Gbaji-Yeke Kingdom, Chief Emmanuel Kwuakanm, in whose waterside the seizure was made, for providing enormous support to the operatives who went for the operations.

He commended his high sense of humility and readiness to align with the Nigeria Customs Service in its war against smuggling.

He explained that before now, such areas had volatile tendency resulting in occasional skirmishes between the service and some hoodlums who masquerade as smugglers.

The Controller assured that the FOU ‘A’ will continue to fine-tune its operational modalities through proactive and strategic planning.

The statement quoted him a saying, “the FOU ‘A’ under my watch, will remain a rallying point in anti-smuggling. “As a frontline unit, we are poised to drastically reducing incidences of smuggling; though we appreciate the fact that smuggling just like scavenging is a global phenomenon. However, we are highly committed to eradicating it”.

Turaki expressed his appreciation to the Comptroller-General of Customs Alhaji Abdullahi Dikko Inde, and his entire management for the tremendous support in terms of provision of logistics for operation.

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