Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ali
The Controller, Federal Operations Unit of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Ikeja, Comptroller Umar Dahiru, said the unit impounded goods with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N780.4 million between January 1 and May 31, 2016.
The Public Relations Officer of the unit, Mr Uche Ejesieme, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday in Lagos.
He said that the unit also apprehended 69 suspects in connection with the seizures.
“Comparatively, the report represents a positive increase when compared with the report of the corresponding period of 2015,” the controller said.
He confirmed that over N297 million was recovered through the various interventions during the period.
Dahiru said that the achievements did not come on a platter of gold in view of the challenges the unit continued to face with miscreants masquerading as smugglers.
“Every now and then our operatives are confronted by these street urchins with hostilities, aimed at frustrating the efforts of our operatives.
“It is instructive to note that these smugglers are deadlier than armed robbers both in style and mode of operations.
“However, I am pleased to tell you that our operations have benefitted from the training and re-training policy of the Comptroller-General of Customs, Retired Col. Hameed Ali,” Dahiru said.
The Controller said the unit continued to develop new strategies for fighting smuggling, adding that it was on the basis of this that the unit had remained on top of its statutory mandate.
“We not only seize from the smugglers, we also cut their supply chains and prosecute culprits so as to serve as a deterrent to others,” he said.
Dahiru said, “The Service believes that the fight against smuggling cannot be undertaken by the Customs alone, hence our call on Nigerians to partner with us in ensuring complete decimation and blocking of smugglers’ supply chains.”
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Source:: PM Newspaper