Comptroller-General of Customs, Inde Dikko Abdullahi
By Francis Ugwoke
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has announced 306 seizures of various vehicles and general goods with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N129million.
The items were seized between February 27 and March following the declaration of war against smugglers by the Federal Operations Unit (FOU) of the Customs in Lagos.
Comptroller of the FOU, Mr Dan Ugo, told newsmen that the seizure accounted for over 40 percent increase when compared with the record for the corresponding period last year.
Ugo also disclosed that the Command recorded a total of 51 suspects with various cases in the Federal High Court.
Noting that the seizures of the items which included used tyres, bags of rice , textile materials, among others, were not without some operational hazards, he however expressed the determination of the Customs to put smugglers out of business.
“We have had altercations with miscreants and smugglers in the course of doing our job. I want to assure you that we will remain focused and undeterred in the case of any hostility. We are determined more than ever to suppress smuggling to its barest minimum”, he said.
The Controller said that what has empowered the Command, officers and men was the full support being enjoyed from the Comptroller-General of Customs, Alhaji Inde Dikko Abdullahi.
“Let me use this opportunity to appreciate the efforts of our indefatigable CGC, Alhaji Abdullahi Inde Dikko (CFR) for providing the enabling environment for operational efficiency through the provision of functional patrol vehicles, staff, motivation/remunerations, training and retraining of officers, tools and logistics to boost our efforts”, he said.
Ugo who resumed duty at the FOU about a month ago said that he has concentrated on pursuing the mandate given to him with all seriousness it deserves.
“I have taken cognizance of the six point agenda of the CGC as well as the Federal Governments transformation programme as the basis of our operations”, he said.
He warned Nigerian business men who chose to disobey trade laws by smuggling products into the country to change or face the wrath of the law.
He said that the Command has carried out mass sensitization of the citizenry on the dangers of smuggling and its effect on the nation’s economic fabric, adding that the seizures and revenue recorded by the command was as a result of the campaign against smuggling.