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Ikeja FOU Arrests 9 Suspects Over Illegal Importation

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…makes several seizures

Pearl Ngwama

The Customs Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone ‘A’ Ikeja, Lagos, arrested nine suspects in connection of the various seizures he made recently, and two of the suspects had been charged to court.

The Acting Controller of the FOU, DC Usman Yahaya, who disclosed this in a recent press briefing announced that from 9thFebruary, 2021, till date, several seizures were made including 80 means of conveyance.

He noted that this was simply a pointer to the fact that smugglers are unrelenting and adamant at complying with the extant laws on international trade.

“It is important to note that, importation of items such as foreign frozen poultry products, secondhand clothing, spaghetti, toothpicks, used vehicles and rice across land the borders, and many more remains banned,” he reiterated.

Within the period under review, Yahaya said the Unit seized 20,538 bags of foreign parboiled rice, 3,106 cartons of frozen poultry product, 1,488 kegs of PMS at 25 litres each, 1,035 bales of secondhand clothing and 77 cartons of tin tomatoes.

It also seized 2,843.6 kilogrammes of Indian hemp, 877 bundles of printed wax/textile materials, 29 different brands of used vehicles, 2,969 cartons of Eva soap, 42 drums of carbide (explosives), 549 cartons of Tramadol and 12 units of used motorcycles with DPV of N 3.1 billion.

In the area of interventions regarding Demand Notices arising from Under-payments, he said the Unit realised N 242,251,506.00 during the period under review.

The Acting Controller emphasised that “Section 158 of Customs and Excise Management Act CAP C45 LFN 2004 as amended, has given us powers to patrol and search everywhere without restrictions.

“Section 147 of the same CEMA empowers us to enter into any premises without search warrant, provided there is credible information on prohibited items deposited therein for us to strike.

“The power to seize and prosecute offenders is also embedded in Sections 46 and 47 respectively. It is instructive to know that offenders are liable to prosecution without option of fine.

He announced that the Unit had arrested a total of nine suspects in connection with the seizures with two already charged to Court and the other seven are on Administrative Bail.

Yahaya urged that everyone should be worried about smuggling because it begets unemployment, drug addiction, criminality, proliferation of light and small arms, substandard goods, and so on.

“Just like crime fighting which is the responsibility of everyone and not only security agents, the same applies to smuggling.

“You can imagine what would have happened if 42 drums of Carbide (explosives) had entered wrong hands.

“We need your continuous cooperation by providing credible information to continue to hold sway in the fight against smuggling,” he appealed

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