Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone ‘A’, of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), has intercepted some explosives alongside other contraband worth about N9 billion in one month. The National Coordinator, Customs Strike Force Team, Deputy Comptroller Abdullahi Kirawa, who paraded the items in Lagos, said the explosives include fireworks and crackers, which obstruct the peace and stability of the country, adding that the team also arrested seven suspects in connection with the seizures.
Kirawa therefore enjoined Nigerians to be patriotic and to engage in legitimate business, adding that Customs would leave no stone unturned in seizing contraband, and arresting economic saboteurs working against government’s fiscal policy.
The seizures includes: 8,090 bags of rice with Duty Paid Value (DPV) worth N113.2 million; 40ft container loaded with explosives (fireworks and crackers), falsely declared as machines by the importers; and 195 sacks of Pangolin scales valued at N8.3 billion. Others are a 40-ft container loaded with 1,200 cartons of sex enhancing drugs worth N360 million; 40ft container with 459 bales of second-hand clothing with DPV of N22.9million,; and used tyres and vegetable oil worth about N9 billion.
The Customs coordinator strongly condemned the nefarious activities of smugglers in the country, and warned smugglers to desist from sabotaging the economy, stressing that Customs officers will not hesitate to arrest and prosecute illicit traders to serve as deterrent to others.
“We are well-trained and adequately equipped to curb the menace of smugglers,” he said.Other seizures displayed included a truck meant for carrying cement to construction site loaded with about 550 bags of smuggled rice, a 40-ft truck with 600 bags of rice concealed with empty crates of beer.
“You can see the method of concealment by smugglers. This is a delivery truck belonging to a company but used in smuggling rice. Our men were able to track it because they are well-trained for the job,” Kirawa stated.