In Lagos State, the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS seems to be leading the pace in combating the importation of contraband goods. The Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone A of the NCS, impounded automobiles, rice, and other items valued at about N10 billion.
The acting Customs Area Controller, CAC of the FOU Unit, Usman Yahaya, said the impoundment was made along Ido-Eruwa road in just a day.
The Public Relations Officer, PRO of the unit, Mr. Peter Duniya presented a statement from Yahaya, noting that the contraband goods comprised of 34 fairly used and new vehicles, heavily loaded with second-hand clothes, Indian hemp, and foreign parboiled rice.
The statement welcomed listeners to the press briefing which was targeted at showcasing the contraband goods. He said the action of the NCS was based on intelligent information, which led to the seizure of the items.
In his words, Mr. Peter said: “I welcome you to this historic press briefing which is aimed at showcasing a large scale of smuggled vehicles laden with different kinds of contraband goods.
“Some economic saboteurs met their waterloo when our operatives acted based on credible information, made a single seizure at Ido, Eruwa Road-Ibadan of Oyo State.
“The contraband includes 34 different brands of both new and used vehicles laden with banned items such as second-hand clothes, foreign parboiled rice, and Indian hemp.”
He pointed out that on arrival and an attempt to confiscate the items, the NCS Operatives faced an apposition from villagers, hoodlums, and smugglers. He said it took a high level of experience, for the patrol teams to successfully bring all the vehicles down to Lagos without any injury or loss of lives.
In his words, the PRO stated: “Our operatives were met with stiff resistance from a combination of smugglers, hoodlums, and villagers. However, with the application of a high level of professionalism, the patrol teams were able to bring all the vehicles down to Lagos without any casualty.”
He used the opportunity to warn smugglers against indulging in activities that didn’t uphold the Government policies of making the Country food-sufficient.
Mr. Peter stressed: “While we appreciate the support and the cooperation of patriotic members of the public in carrying out our mandate by providing timely and useful information, however, recalcitrant economic saboteurs should note that they would continue to count their losses because we are better mobilized, organized and backed by the extant laws to be always ahead of them,”
In June 2020, the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone ‘A’ Lagos introduced a Special Weapons and Tactical Team, SWATT, whose primary objectives are to deepen the NCS’ operational activities, raise its revenue performance while blocking revenue leakages.
Since the inception of SWATT months ago, they have busted a good number of high profile concealments and recorded seizures.
The NCS believes that these actions have saved the country from the security implication of circulating such items. It is also recovered impressive revenue in the process.