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Half Year: FOU Zone A seizes N7bn Tramadol, Rice, PMS, others

Half Year: FOU Zone A seizes N7bn Tramadol, Rice, PMS, others

Paul Ogbuokiri


The Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone A of Nigeria Customs Service on Monday took journalists round its over-flowing warehouses and all open spaces at its Ikeja-Lagos base, filled with assorted contrabands seized by the Unit in the first six months of 2022.

Acting Controller of the Unit, Acting Comptroller Hussein K Ejibunu braved the heavy downpour to take journalists round the warehouses, disclosed He disclosed that the seized goods has a duty paid value of N7,11,932,050. He added that a total of 103 suspects were arrested in connection with some of the seized goods.

He stated that the entire success of the Unit is premised on the improved logistics supplied by the Nigeria Customs Headquarters, inter-agency collaboration with sister security agencies, esteemed stakeholders, as well as patriotic citizens for providing useful and timely information.

He called on citizens to continue to feed the Unit with information on the activities of the smugglers, saying the Unit is determined to ensure that the smugglers do not succeed in the nefarious business.

According to Ag Comptroller Ejibunu, the seizures were made for contravention of different Customs offences.

Among the numerous seized items seized by the Unit were: 45,928 bags of foreign parboiled rice of 50kg each, equivalent to 77 trailer loads; 265,830 litres of Premium Motor Spirit; 2,933 bales of used clothes

233 cartons of Tramadol (225mg each); 83 packs of 225mg; 65 units of used vehicles; 14,784 pieces of used tyres; 119 units of used motorcycles; and 3,659.05 kg of Indian hemp.

The anti-smuggling chief used the medium to remind the business community that the reopening of the borders is for legitimate businesses only. “Importers, agents and the general public are enjoined to be acquainted with the Federal Government’s fiscal policies, Customs extant regulations as well as the import and export prohibition lists for proper guidance.

He disclosed that the sum of N577, 853,457.96 was collected as revenue derived from underpayments.

We shall continue to facilitate legitimate and compliant traders to grow our local economy, while we sustain deliberate efforts aimed at frustrating recalcitrant traders; as seen in the volume of seizures displayed.

Federal Operations Unit, Zone A, Nigeria Customs Service, Lagos half years contraband haul in pictures

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