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FOU Customs Seizes N15.6bn Goods in Six Months

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Contraband goods worth N15.6 bn were seized by the Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone ‘A’ Ikeja of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) in the past six months.
The seizures which were from smugglers in the South West include vehicles, pharmaceuticals, textiles, foreign parboiled rice, tomato paste and second hand clothes.
FOU’s Acting Controller, Mr Usman Yahaya told newsmen that apart from the seizures, the Unit had issued N1.4 billion debit notes from importers between January and June this year.
According to him, “A quick glance of our spectacular seizure reports from 7th January, 2020, shows 64 exotic vehicles including two bullet proofs, 18,760 bags of 50kg of foreign parboiled rice valued at N469million, 1,338kg of Indian Hemp worth N201million, and 147 sacks (9,504kg) of Pangolin scales worth N10.4billion.

“Others are 3,059 cartons of tomato paste, 10,653 cartons of frozen poultry products, 5,423 kegs of 25 litres each of vegetable oil, 56,472 bundles of printed textiles valued at N565 million, 66 packs of tramadol, 872 bales of second hand clothing worth N61million, 11,077 cartons of frozen products worth N177million.

“Also intercepted were 5,423 kegs of vegetable oil valued at N87million, 7,549 jerry cans of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) valued at N27million, five container loads of pharmaceuticals valued at N3billion, 64 units of motorcycles used for smuggling among others.”

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