CUSTOMS INTERCEPT GOODS WORTH ₦138 BILLION
The aggressive Anti-Smuggling strategy of the Comptroller-General of Customs has continued to yield positive results as Operatives of the Anti-Smuggling outfit “Operation Cinnaka” raked in assorted seizures with estimated duty paid value of ₦138 million between November 2010 to January 2011 in Lagos and Ogun States.
Briefing Newsmen in Lagos, leader of the Team, Assistant Comptroller of Customs, Hassan Shallangwa, said their effective undercover anti-smuggling agents provided the intelligence that lead to the seizures.
Shallangwa said that with the existing structure of tight check and balance in Customs Operations today, smuggling has become almost impossible and those who engage in it can only count their losses apart from the risk of a jail term.
The items seized include:
a) Undeclared containerized vehicles cleared as spare parts
b) Used fridges
c) Second hand tyres
d) Used rugs
e) Foreign vegetable oil
f) Over aged second hand cars
Five persons have been arrested in connection with the seizures which the Comptroller-General of Customs have directed full investigation and prosecution.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Customs Service has acquired 306 Hilux patrol Vehicles to boost the capacity of field operatives to comb our border line. The acquisition is part of the CGCis renewed effort to give smugglers a run for their money.
From: The Public Relations Unit
Customs Headquarters Abuja