Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), the Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone ‘C’ has seized goods worth over N600 million.
Comptroller of the unit, Mohammed Biu, who confirmed the seizure to newsmen in Owerri, Imo State, explained that since his resumption at the command two months ago, he has always focused on the need to close all leakages that would impede revenue generation of the custom.
He said that part of the strategies he adopted to enhance his zonal revenue base is to invite all the stakeholders which include Customs license agents, freight forwarders, haulage operators and others to an interactive forum.
Biu stated that the forum was aimed at educating and informing the critical stakeholders on the standards of their operations.
On why his unit is making progress since he assumed office, he said that the unit has “dedicated officers on duty”, who do not cut corners, neither do they compromise standards in the protection of the fiscal policies of the Federal Government of Nigeria.
“Within the month of September 2012 alone, we made 15 seizures, with a face value of N600 million”, he said.
Biu also sent a warning note to smugglers operating around the zone to desist from the act, noting that the unit will deal decisively with anyone violating federal government policy on importations.