The Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone A of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has disclosed that it intercepted used vehicles popularly known as tokunbo vehicles, rice, poultry products and textiles worth N17.4billion in nine months.
The zone’s public Relation Officer, Theophilus Duniya made the disclosure in a statement on Tuesday.
Duniya, in the statement said the acting CAC of the unit, DC Yahaya Usman has vowed to block all revenue leakages, smuggling of illicit and prohibited goods in the interest of the nation’s socio-economic security across the South West geo-political Zone. Usman also reiterated the commitment of the unit to enforce government ban on importation of rice, frozen poultry products, vehicles among others through the land borders.
The PRO disclosed in the statement that the unit intercepted 117 units of vehicles and general goods in the year under review for various offences with a Duty Paid Value of N17.4billion.
According to the statement, “From January-September 2020, the Unit increased the federal government’s revenue with the sum of N1.6billion as revenue from demand notices raised on cargoes for either being under declared, wrongly classified or falsely declared.
“The Federal Operations Unit of the Service was created to complement the Area Commands to ensure that revenue accruable to the federal government is not lost to desperate and unpatriotic smugglers through their sharp practices. Consequent upon this, the Ag. Controller, D/C Usman Yahaya, and his team are strongly determined to block all revenue leakages, smuggling of illicit and prohibited goods in the interest of the nation’s socio-economic security across the Zone (South-West).
“We remain resolute at enforcing the federal government’s ban on the importation of all prohibited goods into the country; especially now that the land borders are closed.”
“Importers are hereby, advised to make proper declarations and ensure compliance with the extant clearance procedure. However, smugglers are also warned to desist from sabotaging the nation’s economy through their activities.”
“We shall remain firm and resolute in discharging our duties in accordance with the extant laws without fears or intimidation.
“Support and facilitate legitimate compliant traders to succeed in their businesses. While we continue to thank our esteemed stakeholders and patriotic citizens for their unflinching support, we solicit for useful and timely information to serve our nation better.”