FOU Customs Seizes 1,185 Bags of Foreign Rice, 2,065 25kg of Vegetable Oil, Others

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The Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘A’ of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has announced seizures of 1,185 bags of 50kg rice, 2,065 25litre jerrycans of vegetable oil and 1,500 jerrycans of diesel.
The Ag. Controller of the Unit, Mr Usman Yahaya announced the seizures about a week after he took over office.
In a statement by the Public Relations Officer, Mr Jerry Attah, the seizures were as a result of the quest for outstanding performance using credible intelligence.
The duty paid value of the items SEIZED BETWEEN January 7 – 14 was put at N67,362,500.00.
Part of the statement reads: “This feat is coming as a result of series of meetings held with our sectional heads, team/patrol leaders where he unveiled the management’s mandate bestowed on him which includes blockage of all revenue leakages, trade facilitation and intensification of anti-smuggling operations at various entry points: Seaports, land borders, and Airport within our areas of jurisdiction in the south west zone”.
DC Yahaya warned that danger lies ahead for smugglers if they do not engage in legitimate trade, as some have started counting their losses
“You will agree with me that the fight against smuggling can only be won if all hands are on deck”.
He called on all the members of the media and the general public to support the fight against smuggling by providing necessary intelligence that could assist the service in reducing smuggling to its barest minimum.
Meanwhile, DC Yahaya’s redeployment was part of the Comptroller-General’s strategies to re-jig and reposition the Service for greater efficiency and effectiveness especially in the areas of revenue generation, trade facilitation as well as combating smuggling.
DC Usman Yahaya is a quintessential and an enforcement guru who hitherto was the Coordinator of Strike Force, Zone ‘A’, before he was posted to FOU ‘A’ as the Acting Controller.
He took over on Tuesday 7th January 2020, from Comptroller Aliyu Mohammed, who was elevated based on his record to a new assignment as the Acting Sector 4 Commander of Border Drill Operations code named Ex-Swift Response.
The assumption of office by Usman Yahaya at FOU ‘A’, naturally, has sent panic to all smugglers and non-compliant traders knowing very well his antecedents as an Enforcement Czar.
Yahaya commended the Comptroller General of Customs Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) and the entire management team of the Nigeria Customs Service for considering him worthy and assured he will work assiduously with all officers to justify the confidence reposed on him.

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